Witham Town prepare for artificial tester

Braintree and Witham Times: Brad King. Brad King.

Witham Town will set themselves up for a fresh test of playing a Ryman League division one north game on an artificial pitch tomorrow.

They will travel to Harlow Town to play on their 3G surface looking to push on in their title bid.

Witham come into the game after back-to-back league wins this week that have seen them beat Wroxham last weekend and then local rivals Maldon and Tiptree in midweek.

The got Witham’s campaign back on track after weeks without action due to waterlogged pitches and while that problem won’t concern them tomorrow, assistant manager Brad King said their line-up would take account of the change of playing surface.

He said: “We will set up differently for it.

“We train on a 3G pitch on Thursdays now so we have an idea how it will play, but it’s a massive home advantage for a Harlow side that is doing well anyway.

“We’ve now got the Maldon game out of the way and we knew a bit how we would set up for it so we’ll be working on it between now and Saturday.

“It’s another tough test, but there are no easy games in this league.

“When you are up there (at the top of the league), everyone wants to turn you over.

“So we just need to chalk off the games.

“There’s no pressure on us and the boys are hungry to play matches because they haven’t been able to.”

James Stevens came off during Witham’s midweek 3-0 win against Maldon and Tiptree after taking a knock on his ankle, but King was hoping the midfielder would be fit to face Harlow.

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