WITHAM Town manager Mark Ashford says he is looking to continue strengthening his squad in the next few weeks as they look to get clear of the foot of the Bostik League division north table.

Town stayed bottom of the standings despite picking up a valuable point from a 2-2 draw at Felixstowe and Walton United last weekend and will be buoyed by their display against a top-nine side ahead of two back-to-back home games.

The first of those is on Saturday when AFC Sudbury visit the Village Glass Stadium (kick-off 3pm) when Witham will be looking to get back to winning ways and Ashford said he feels they are heading in a positive direction.

Having strengthened his squad with the signings of the experienced Kevin Coyle and prolific young striker Odukoya Ayo in recent weeks, the Town boss is now looking to add further in the next few weeks.

He said: "We're seeing players coming available now who weren't there earlier in the season and we're getting chances to speak to them where we weren't before. "I always said it would take time for us to be able to do that and for our squad to be properly complete.

"So we're constantly looking at ways to improve the squad and we're adding more in now.

"We've had Kevin Coyle come in in recent weeks to add good experience to the squad and Odukoya Ayo has also joined.

"Ayo has had a bit of an injury and he's settling into the squad but he looks a very good addition after being at Bowers & Pitsea and then spending time on loan at Enfield in the Essex Senior League this season.

"He's still the second top scorer in the Essex Senior League and also in the Bostik Under-23 Development League and we're very excited about getting him.

"I'd actually been trying to get him since the end of July, so I'm thrilled to have him now and once he's properly settled into the side, I know he'll prove to be a really good asset for us.

"But we're still looking to get more players in and I'm working hard to get probably two or three others in to strengthen us further as we've allowed three to leave this week.

"Elias Silgato has headed back to Spain and Alejandro Seoane-Barber and Jack Isherwood have also left to get more game time elsewhere than what we could offer them so we have scope to bring in new players.

"There are a couple training with us at the moment and I think things are quite positive for us."

Ashford also confirmed that Nathan Cook has joined Essex Senior League side Enfield on a short-term loan deal to get game time and build his fitness before returning to Witham.