WITHAM Town boss Marc Benterman says it is imperative that his team get some reward from their BetVictor Isthmian League division north trip to Histon on Saturday.

After a 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Stamford last weekend and then a 3-0 Velocity Trophy group stage loss to Great Wakering Rovers in midweek, Benterman wants his team to get back to winning ways.

He sees Histon as a side who are on a comparable level to his own in the league, so feels they need to go to Cambridgeshire and make sure they don’t return empty-handed.

Witham then follow that trip with a home game against Romford on Tuesday and the Town boss sees that as another “massive” encounter.

He said: “I think Saturday is massive as I see Histon as a club who we are in and around.

“That makes it a six-pointer for me.

“Win that and we’re back in the top half touching places we never thought we’d be, so the next two games are massive.

“Lose them and you’re back into a dogfight, but our objective is to get to seven points as quickly as we can and that’s the target we’ve set the boys.

“We could do it on Saturday and great if we can; if not, then we go again on Tuesday.

“Look at the squad they had here last year, they took 14 games to get to seven points, but we could do that within five.

“Sometimes people assume we have a much bigger budget than we do, but it’s very low and we’re punching above our weight so it’s going to take time to build something here,

“But we are proud of the journey we’ve made so far.

“We have had a fantastic start but we now need to kick on and get more points on the table and Saturday is massive.

“We need to come away from Histon with either a point or three.”

Meanwhile, Benterman has added more experience to his squad with the signings of goalkeeper Rhys Madden – who is making a return to the club - and right-sided player Ruben Paapa Asamoah.

The Witham boss added: “We’ve made two new signings that we feel will bridge the gap even further for us.

“We have Rhys Madden on board and Ruben Paapa Asamoah.

“Rhys comes in with experience to help George Marsh, who is a young goalkeeper but has had no competition recently and that’s not healthy.

“So Rhys will come in and add experience and depth.

“Who will be number one will be a tough one and it will be down to them to fight it out.

“Then there’s Paapa, who was very influential for Basildon when they went on their 15-game unbeaten run last year.

“He can play right-back or right midfield and gives us more depth and experience, which is what we needed to add.

“We have some great young talent here and we’re very pleased with them, but sometimes you need to put in a bit more experience.

“I think with Rhys and Paapa alongside the likes of Marcus Bowers and Jamie Guy, they will make a big difference.”