SAM COLLINS believes he is hitting form at just the right time to boost Concord’s bid for a promotion and cup double.

The Essex Senior Cup finalists are handily placed in eighth in the Vanarama South play-off race heading into the weekend’s lengthy trip to Weston.

Midfielder Collins was brilliant for the Beachboys last season, chipping in with nine goals and 20 assists.

He has six goals so far this campaign – including one in a 2-0 win over West at the Aspect Arena in November – but the former East Thurrock star admits he has not hit the high standards he expects of himself this season.

He said: “I think the team is a lot stronger this year but personally I know I was more effective last year.

“But I’m getting back to where I want to be and hopefully I can get back to my best and help us have a strong finish to the season.”

Collins (above) was suspended for Concord’s 5-0 drubbing on their visit to Weston last year and says he is itching to help the team make up for that horrible day at the office this time around.

He said: “It was a low point and a very long journey home and we plan to give a better account of ourselves this time.

“But we are just taking it one game at a time now – they really are all cup finals.

“We’ve got big games with Havant and Ebbsfleet coming up but we can’t look past Weston because if lose there our play-off hopes will be over anyway.”

Weston in 14th place are seven points behind Rangers. The Seagulls lost 2-1 at Basingstoke on Tuesday night while Concord’s last outing was a 1-1 draw at Bath.