WITHAM Town boss Marc Benterman wants his side to improve their home form ahead of their clash with Grays Athletic this weekend.

Town are looking to bounce back following their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Brentwood Town in their BetVictor Isthmian League division one north clash at Spa Road, on Tuesday night.

Witham have managed only one victory on home soil so far this season, although they have faced some tough opponents in the likes of promotion-chasing trio Maldon and Tiptree, Aveley and Heybridge Swifts.

Nevertheless, Town’s away form has been excellent in contrast; they have won four games on their travels in the league so far and boss Benterman wants them to repeat those kinds of performances at home.

Benterman said: “We need to transfer our away form to our home games.

“We’ve had some tough games at home so far and we’ve already played the likes of Maldon, Tilbury, Heybridge Swifts and Aveley at home, which were all tough games against top-eight sides.

“We have to try and work out how to perform at home as we do away.”

Benterman gave an honest assessment of Witham’s disappointing 3-0 defeat against Brentwood.

Connor Hogan gave the visitors a 17th-minute lead and Temi Babalola doubled their advantage, ten minutes before the break.

Town improved their performance after half-time but Andrew Freeman gave Brentwood a 3-0 lead just before the hour mark.

Scott Kemp saw his penalty superbly saved by Brentwood keeper Tim Brown and then blazed the spot-kick over to complete a miserable night for Witham and boss Benterman admitted they were second best.

“I don’t think that it was a harsh scoreline,” he said.

“Some managers are sometimes reluctant to praise the opposition at times but I thought that Brentwood were outstanding.

“They out-fought us, out-worked us and out-battled us.

“It was a real shame, as we’d been on a good run of form prior to the game.

“We had a good ten-minute spell at the start of the game but then we conceded a very poor goal.

“Once they scored they raised their game slightly but we did a lot of stuff which isn’t really in our make-up.

“We’re a very young team and Brentwood were too good for us, on the night.

“What you get with young players sometimes is inconsistency.

“With senior players, you tend to see them bring their A game on a more regular basis.

“We’re very young and we’re looking for more consistency but we weren’t at the races.

“I think we had ten under-23 players in the squad and we’re a young team.”