WITHAM Town manager Adam Flint wants to ensure that the “good” version of his team turn up when they return to FA Cup action on Saturday.

A trip to Ware is in store for Witham as they bid to take their place in the second qualifying round draw and Flint is looking for progress this weekend to match what they achieved in the competition last year.

However, he knows his team can’t afford any slips against a fellow Bostik League division north side.

Witham earned their place in the first qualifying round thanks to a stunning 2-0 win at Canvey Island in the previous round and head into Saturday’s game on the back of their first league win of the campaign after beating Barking 1-0 at home on Bank Holiday Monday.

Sandwiched between those two games, though, was a league trip to Aveley, when Witham’s old habit of conceding late goals hit again as they saw a one-goal lead turned into a 2-1 defeat in the dying moments of the game.

And Flint wants to make sure that Witham Town doesn’t turn up at Ware.

He said: “It is a good opportunity for us to progress, but we have to make sure the good Witham turn up.

“We are like Jekyll and Hyde.

“We knew it would be tough at Canvey and I don’t think anybody really gave us a chance to win there but we wanted it and we have to make sure we turn up for this one as well.

“That’s the hardest thing.

“There should be no motivation needed for the FA Cup and we want to at least match what we did last year.

“I’d like us to get through as we did well last year and it is a winnable game.

“We have points on the board in the league now and we want to push on.”

There were contrasting emotions in games bookending the Bank Holiday weekend as dejection against Aveley was turned into jubilation against Barking as Tim Monsheju fired the winning goal in a 1-0 victory.

Flint added: “It was a relief to get the result on Monday as we felt we should have had points on the board before that.

“We should have beaten Aveley and defeat there was hard to take; it was classic Witham.

“We had done so well in the FA Cup against Canvey and we know that you have to kill people off in the league we are in.

“A single goal is not enough as sides will always get chances and can hurt you.

“It was a tough one to take as it’s not like performances have been awful.

“In fact, I’d say the one against Barking was probably our worst so far, but we won that one.

“It was good to see Tim Monsheju get his goal as he worked hard, but we lost Sam Ashford as his hamstring went again and it’s a blow that he could be out for a while.”

Flint said defender Damien Green may be back after a groin problem for the game at Ware, but Ryan Imbert is still out through suspension.