NEW Stanway Rovers chairman David Jones says he is looking to continue to take the club forward after a change of regime at the Hawthorns.

Rovers stalwart Jones has taken the helm at the Essex Senior League outfit, following the departure of long-serving Roy Brett from the club.

Jones has succeeded Brett as Stanway’s new chairman following an Emergency General Meeting attended by 50 people at the club on Monday night, with Kevin Mather taking charge as vice-chairman.

“It’s quite an honour and a privilege and I’m looking forward to taking the club forward,” said Jones, who has been at Stanway for more than 30 years and the club’s vice-chairman for 12 years.

“Having been vice-chairman I’m quite used to the kind of work and responsibility that is needed in this kind of role.

“Roy and Sharon did a lot of hard work for the club over the years that they were here and we’re very thankful for that.

“He moved it forward in many ways and we’re looking forward to continuing that further.

“We’re realistic enough to know that it will be a gradual process over the long term and there are things and ideas to put in place.”

Stanway marked the boardroom changes with a 2-0 victory over fellow Essex Senior League outfit Tower Hamlets in their replayed FA Cup extra preliminary round tie at the Hawthorns, on Tuesday night.

Lee Fisher’s side got their work done early with two first-half goals from Marley Okosi being enough to see them through as they held off a fightback from Tower Hamlets after the break when the visitors hit the woodwork.

A trip to Bostik League division north side Haringey Borough now awaits Rovers in the preliminary round, on Saturday.

He said: “It was a very good result for us – the boys did very well.

“It helped us book a game at Haringey Borough in the preliminary round this weekend and it’s huge for the football club financially to win games in the FA Cup.

“The biggest disappointment was coming so close to winning only for Tower Hamlets to equalise with eight minutes to go.

“We have a very young side and they are a hard-working bunch of guys.

“We’re in a different league this season and it’s a case of us getting used to where we are.

“If we can finish mid-table then it will be pleasing but we want to finish as high as we can.”