BRAINTREE Town manager Glen Driver says his team have to be tighter to make sure they don't keep giving Vanarama National League South rivals head-starts in games.

The Iron are on a tremendous run of form and head to Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday sat third in the form table after three back-to-back home victories and a four-game unbeaten run.

However, they have had to do it the hard way too many times for Driver's liking.

In three of their last four games - against Dorking Wanderers, Chippenham Town and Dulwich Hamlet - Braintree have had to come from behind to secure the points and the Braintree boss wants to see things kept tighter in the early parts of games.

He said: “We have to make sure when teams come up against us that we don’t keep giving them head-starts like we have sometimes recently.

“Let’s be honest, that first half against Dulwich Hamlet was the poorest we have been for some time.

“I take that and I have to take it away and work out why that was the case.

“I have to get the formula better.

“Maybe we have to not go out and try to entertain from the first five to ten minutes.

“Let’s get a foothold in the game and then take momentum into it rather than trying to do it from the first minute.

“I think anyone who has seen us on our travels or at home will know that we have long periods in games where we are very good, but when we are poor, we are very very poor.

“We just have to bring it more to an even keel.

“Even if we have to be less good at times to be less poor at other times – if that makes sense - then we’ll have to do that and we’ll be alright.

“Like I said when I took over, we have to be good with the ball, but we have to be better without it.

“If you are better without the football than you are with it then you have a chance.”