WITHAM Town manager Marc Benterman has challenged his players to build on their "remarkable" victory against Grays Athletic.

His BetVictor Isthmian League division north side are riding high after last weekend's 1-0 success, earned thanks to a first-half goal from Oliver Emsden.

It ended a run of three straight home defeats and now Benterman would love to see his side up their win ratio at the Village Glass Stadium.

Their next two matches are both at home - against neighbours Heybridge Swifts on Saturday and Canvey Island on Tuesday.

"We're certainly heading in the right direction," said the Witham boss.

"Our away form has been particularly impressive.

"We've been playing better on the road (unbeaten in four) but now we need to up our win ratio at home.

"If we can do that, while also picking up points on our travels, we'll become a top six or eight side.

"We didn't do ourselves justice when we played at Heybridge (losing 4-1 on October 19).

"They played us off the park and now we want to go out there and prove ourselves.

"We have to be consistent and if we can do that, hopefully we can really push on.

"We've got some important games left this month and another couple of positive results and performances would be brilliant."

Benterman was delighted by the way his players upped their game and got back to winning ways against Grays.

They had lost 3-0 at home to Brentwood Town the previous Tuesday.

"We were disappointed by the manner in which we lost to Brentwood," he said.

"I made a couple of changes and, thankfully, it had the desired effect.

"The boys went out and pulled off a remarkable result.

"It was also our first clean sheet since the opening day of the season.

"If you'd offered me four points from our last three fixtures, given who we were playing, I'd have taken it.

"It's been a very productive few days.

"I remember Grays being in the Conference South.

"It wasn't that long ago and they're still a massive club in Essex football.

"They've always had top players and, although their situation has obviously changed, it was a privilege to manage a side that played against them."

Meanwhile, Witham have confirmed four new signings - centre-half Patrick Campbell, full-backs Billy Willis and Reece Hewitt and striker Jack West.

Campbell, Willis and West made their debuts against Grays.

Midfielder Sam Cornish has also joined on loan from Colchester United.