OLLIE Emsden says he is pleased to be back as a part of Witham Town’s squad and playing his part as they look to build momentum in BetVictor Isthmian League division north.

Having started the season with Witham, the former Histon midfielder then moved to Essex Senior League high-fliers Saffron Walden in the early part of the campaign.

It was initially a loan move, but one that looked longer term until Witham boss Marc Benterman decided to change his team’s style of play a few weeks ago.

Benterman has opted for a more expansive formation in recent weeks and saw Emsden as a key part of that and called him back to the Simarco Stadium.

It was a move that the player was happy to make and he is glad that it has proved successful both personally and for the team as they have put in some strong displays in recent games.

He said: “I went on loan to Saffron Walden and it was sort of a permanent thing for a while, but Bents called me back because he wanted to change the formation.

“That suits me more and I’m glad to be back.

“It’s a big club here and Bents is a good manager to work with.

“There’s a good group of lads to work with here as well and I’m enjoying being back.

“Hopefully we’ve got a bit of momentum now and we can carry that on going forward.

“I just want to kick on now.

“When you enjoy your football, that’s when you play your best and I feel like I’m doing that at the moment and I’m pleased to be back.”

Witham host Canvey Island on Saturday looking to build on the point they claimed in a battling performance at AFC Sudbury last weekend.

Despite leading 3-1 heading into the closing stages, Witham were pegged back, but they had to remain solid to hold on to the point under immense pressure from their hosts.

Emsden added: “We will take the point, but there’s disappointment that we couldn’t hold out for the three.

“It was small margins at the end and they came at us in the last 20 minutes.

“We just couldn’t hold on but we will take the point as it’s a tough place to go.

“Our performances have been improving and it was important to get something from it to take on to the next game.

“We’re happy with one point, but still disappointed that it wasn’t three as we felt we deserved it for 70 minutes of that game.

“We had to work our socks off in that final 20, but we have momentum that we can take into next weekend.

“I feel that performances are getting there each week and the last two have been good.

“We’ve now got something to show for it hopefully we can build on it with three points next week to keep the momentum going.

“I think it’s all positive.”