WITHAM Town manager Adam Flint says his players are taking pride from keeping clean sheets as they continue climbing up the Bostik League division north table.

Flint will take his team to Tilbury for an Essex derby on Saturday looking to record another shut-out after they beat Haringey Borough 2-0 at home last weekend.

Goals from Chinedu Osadebe and Elliot Ronto earned Witham the points, but it was a fourth clean sheet in their last five games that also caught the eye and Flint feels that his players are learning mistakes that were seeing them concede earlier in the season.

He said: "We haven't really done anything different, but Pat (Ahern) and Lance (Akins) have been brilliant at the heart of the back line since they have come back from injury and suspension.

"That has helped Bobby (Mason), who has been brilliant in goal as well.

"I think it's also helped that we have picked the right teams.

"We have moved things around as we have needed to and that's made us look solid - I think the player themselves would agree with that.

"But the players seem to have learned from their mistakes.

"We are now clearing our lines where we should be and I really think they are taking great pride from keeping clean sheets.

"We kept eight last year in the whole season and we are already up to nine this year.

"I am now going into games expecting to win and it was that way against Haringey Borough.

"I have confidence in the players and how they are doing, so hopefully it will continue."

Flint said he had no injury concerns for the trip to Tilbury and was looking to add to their recent run that has seen them take 26 points from their last 13 games.

It has been impressive form and the Town boss feels they are putting themselves in a good position.

He added: "I looked at the fixtures before Christmas and saw we had Aveley, Barking, Maldon & Tiptree and Haringey and I thought if we could get some results from that then we'd be doing well and we have done.

"We have won three out of that four and taken points off teams who you know will be up there at the end of the season.

"It means we have pulled them back towards us and we now have some games coming up against sides below us.

"If we can get some more results then we can really put ourselves in there.

However, Witham's recent form has also drawn attention from rival clubs and Flint said he is having to fend off interest in some of his players to keep the successful squad together and pressing forward.

"We have been getting a few seven-day approaches for players - the most I have seen since I've been at Witham - and that shows we are doing really well," he said.

"Even our bench looked strong on Saturday and I'm having to rotate things to keep people happy.

"We are in a good place, but we want to stay there and we don't want the season to peter out now we've got it moving."