JULIAN DICKS says he is looking forward to locking horns with his former Canvey Island team-mate Ben Chenery when Swifts host Bury Town in Bostik North this Saturday (October 13).
Heybridge boss Dicks (pictured in action for Canvey in 2001), 50, and Blues manager Chenery, 41, were defenders in a Gulls team which enjoyed a famous FA Cup run in the 2001/02 season.
But there will be no room for sentiment when 15th-placed Swifts host ninth-placed Town at the Aspen Waite Arena.
Dicks, who looked at a number of possible new recruits at training on Tuesday, will look to build upon a 4-3 win at Mildenhall in his first game in charge.
And Chenery will be looking for another successful trip to Essex following their 0-0 draw at league leaders Basildon last weekend.
Dicks said: “Last week we set up as an attacking team and with the players we have got I think we have to do that. It is not good us sitting back and trying to break on the counter all the time.
“Bury are a decent side and I know Ben of course because I was at Canvey with him and I look forward to facing him and his side. I’ve seen them play a couple of times and they had a good result at the weekend.
“But we will go into it trying to play our game. My ethos – as the players now know – is all I want is for the players to give me everything.
“As a manager that is all I can ask for and if we do that we will win more games than we lose.”