Witham Town chairman Mark Nicholls has wished manager Adam Flint well after an announcement that the Town boss would be departing the Village Glass Stadium.

Flint - together with assistant manager James Robinson - is leaving after two full seasons at the Witham helm to take over as boss at Bostik League premier division side Bishop's Stortford.

And while Nicholls is disappointed to see the duo leaving, he was quick to praise the job they have done during their time at Witham and was grateful for the way that the situation had been handled correctly.

Nicholls said: "The last thing that I expected was a call from Adam saying he had a phone call from another club.

"He asked me 'can I talk to them to see what it’s about - would you give me permission?'.

"I don't want to stand in anyone’s way so agreed for him to have the meeting with Bishop's Storford.

"Adam had the meeting on Thursday night and having slept on it, he called me again to let me know he would be taking up the offer.

"Although upset by his decision I felt it was one he would be foolish to turn down and while I am shocked by the news and everything that has happened in a short space of time, I can honestly say Adam will always have a place at Witham Town FC.

"He has handled the situation well and kept me informed at all times in a professional manner."

Flint and Robinson took over at Witham towards the end of the 2015/16 season after the departure of Garry Kimble and with the club in danger of being relegated from Ryman League division one north.

They steadied the ship to ensure survival, though, and led the team to a 13th-place finish in their first full season, before improving on that and ending up 11th last year.

However, Flint and Robinson will also be fondly remembered at Witham for the way they encouraged young homegrown players to progress from the youth and reserve set-ups into the senior first team.

Young players such as Chinedu Osadabe, Jack Kemsley and Max Wilson have all successfully made the step up under the guidance of Flint and Robinson and Nicholls said the club was grateful for the work the managerial duo had done.

Nicholls added: "I brought Adam in to replace Garry Kimble with a simple job to do - keep us up

"He did that and followed it with a mid-table place and then last season season guilded the team to a top-half position with one of the smallest budgets in the league.

"He has managed to bring into the first team set up many of our younger players, showing them a way forward and giving many others at the club belief they could do the same.

"As a chairman I am often told that, as a club, Witham Town FC over-achieve on a financial level and 'we punch above our weight'.

"Without wanting to see them leave the club, I really do wish Adam and Robbo all the very best at their new club and thank them all for what they have done and given the club.

"Witham Towns' loss is Bishops Storford's gain."

Nicholls said that with Flint stepping down more news about a replacement would follow from the club over the next few days.