TOM Rothery has stepped down as Brightlingsea Regent manager.

The R's boss resigned following Saturday's 3-2 defeat at home to Lewes.

Regent had led 2-0 before conceding a 90th-minute winner - just as they had in the previous week's 2-1 defeat at East Thurrock United.

Rothery took over in October 2017, leading the club to safety in their first season at step three level.

He then guided them to their highest-ever finish last year, being in with an outside chance of the play-offs before eventually finishing 13th.

In addition, Regent enjoyed their best-ever runs in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy (both third qualifying round).

In the FA Cup, they bowed out after a memorable home tie against former Football League side Torquay United, watched by nearly 500 people.

Rothery leaves with Brightlingsea sitting 16th in the BetVictor Isthmian League premier division, with two wins, two draws and five defeats from their nine matches.

"We thank Tom for his efforts and everything he has done for the club, on and off the pitch," said a club statement.

Assistant Pip Boyland will take charge of Tuesday’s fixture with Enfield Town, assisted by John Albon and Alan Wright.