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Witham looking to regain momentum
Witham Town assistant manager Brad King has said winning a top Ryman League award has only served to highlight the current frustration that the team is feeling.
Town’s 4-1 victory against VCD Athletic at the Village Glass Stadium saw them named as the December winners of the Macron Ryman League Permformance of the Month award in division one north.
The division’s leaders suffered their heaviest defeat of the season thanks to an outstanding performance from Garry Kimble’s side.
However, that game on December 7 remains Witham’s last on home turf as a waterlogged pitches have led to a series of postponements since, including Tuesday night’s fixture against AFC Sudbury.
They also lost their game at Thurrock last weekend to a wet playing surface and are now hoping that a similar fate doesn’t meet their home fixtures against Cheshunt tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) and Tilbury on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).
The win against VCD has helped Witham stay among the favourites in the promotion race, but recent call-offs mean they are now facing a fixture backlog and King hopes they can pick up where they left off.
He said: “We had good momentum going before Christmas and when you are like that, you just want to be playing the next game.
“However, we haven’t been able to play that many league games and it won’t help our chances if we are having to play Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday games at the end of the season.
“It will stretch the squad.
“We’d love to be able to bolster the squad to help the situation, but resource-wise, we are a small club and some would say we are over-achieving with the resources at our disposal.
“So we have to see what we can do with the squad we have got.
“We have faith in them, but it’s going to be tough for them.
“There are only five Tuesday slots left before the end of the season now and also, we have lost some of the momentum we had because we haven’t been able to play.
“It’s frustrating more than anything.
“You want points on the board rather than games in hand and if teams around you are getting points while you’re without games, it only adds to the pressure on you.
“We have to be mindful of the number of games coming up and we’ll have to use the squad to the maximum.
“Everyone will be needed now and it’s up to us to manage the team and use the players we have available.”
Witham midfielder Kris Newby is suspended for Saturday’s game against Cheshunt, while Paul King will face a fitness testahead of the game. Craig Emery has returned to training after a foto injury, but John Watson is unavailable due to personal commitments.
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