WITHAM Town manager Adam Flint doesn’t wants to make sure his team aren’t thought of as a “soft touch” in the closing months of the Ryman League division north season.
Flint was frustrated as Witham were held to a 1-1 draw by Soham Town Rangers last weekend as it was a game he felt his side could have taken three points from.
They head to Romford tomorrow looking to turn that one point into three, but Flint feels they have drawn too many this year.
Witham have drawn ten out of their 34 league games, with only Tilbury and AFC Hornchurch having more stalemates against their name and Flint knows his team have seen winning positions turned into draws on too many occasions.
Against Aveley, Haringey Borough, Cheshunt, Thurrock and Wroxham, Witham have been leading and then pegged back at the end and the boss thinks it is his players’ management of game situations that needs to improve.
He said: “We drew against Soham and we seem to be having too many days like those.
“There are too many draws that we’ve had and they haven’t necessarily been where we’ve come from behind to get something.
“I know that was the case on Saturday (against Soham) but we have seen winning positions turned into draws too much and I don’t want people to think that we’re a soft touch because that isn’t the case.
“Look at the games like against Thurrock and Cheshunt where we’ve been leading by two goals and then ended up being pegged back; we’ve ended up drawing from being in winning positions in 50 per cent of the games that we’ve drawn.
“But I hope that the players are learning from the mistakes that are being made.
“If they don’t learn then we will have to make changes and maybe we need a bit more experience in there to help out.
“I think the problem is with our game management to be honest. We have not managed games very well at times with things like not clearing our lines or not playing in the right areas at key times.
“We are working on it in training and are trying to be more solid, but it may be that we need more experience in there.
“We are not far away and you can see that when we’ve played the top sides as we’ve played really well against them.
“It’s the sides at the bottom who are fighting for their lives - like we were last year - where we seem to go through the motions a bit at times in games. Look at the last two games against Soham and Wroxham and it’s just been the story of our season where we haven’t managed games.
“We are on at the players about it all the time but they need to be doing it.
“There are still 12 games to play and a long way to go so we have to push on and we can still claw in the teams above us.
“However, we need to be beating teams like Romford where we are on Saturday.”
Romford sit three places below Witham in the division north table, but the manager knows it is likely to be a testing trip.
He said: “Romford have always worked really hard when I’ve seen them, but we beat them two-nil when we played them earlier in the season.
“In the last few weeks we have not played at our best and have still picked up points, but we need to be like we were at Bowers to really see these teams off.
“Hopefully the surface will suit us as it’s a nice pitch down there so we can get the ball down and play.”