STANWAY ROVERS assistant boss Karl Duguid hopes his side can take their blistering form into the second half of the season.

The Thurlow Nunn League team have recovered from a tricky start to the campaign to put together an impressive run of results.

More recently, they have won six of their last seven league and cup encounters and an added bonus has been clean sheets in their last two.

"We're doing really well at the moment," said Colchester United legend Duguid, who runs the side with manager Kem Izzet.

"Things didn't go as we planned in the first few games but it was always going to take time.

"The players were finding their feet and getting used to this level.

"We were finding things out about them and they were finding things out about us.

"Now we've got a settled squad and the boys have got an understanding of how we want to do things.

"Our form has been good over the last 18 games.

"We would have liked to concede a few less goals but, generally, the results have been as we wanted.

"Hopefully now we can sustain this form and finish the season strongly.

"We've got some big games coming up and we're also still in the League Cup."

Stanway are ninth in the premier division table and Duguid believes a strong finish would give his side plenty to build on in the 2018/19 campaign.

"If we can keep going, it'll represent a good first season together," said the former U's star, who runs his own soccer school at Stanway, for boys and girls aged five to 12, on Wednesdays and Sundays.

"We've had a massive turnaround in terms of personnel - there was only one player left here from my time as manager - but the lads have worked really hard.

"They're doing the horrible side of things and then showing moments of quality when necessary.

"Hopefully we can keep doing that on a consistent basis and, if so, we'll finish in a good position with a good points tally.

"It'll give us a springboard for next season."