JAMIE O’Hara has confirmed Billericay Town are closing in on making two signings ahead of the FA Cup third qualifying round tie with Bath City.

Billericay were lacking height in their 2-2 draw with Dorking Wanderers last time out and O’Hara made it clear after the National League South encounter that he wanted to strengthen his backline.

The player-manager is confident he will be able to boast debutants as Town look to overcome their National League South rivals at the Steel Team Stadium.

O’Hara said: “We should have one defender hopefully coming into the side this weekend and we are working on making signings.

“There will be potentially another one to put on the bench as well.

“A lack of height undone us against Dorking in the end last week and that is an important area of the pitch where I want to strengthen us.

“We needed to hang on in the last five minutes and we weren’t able to do that, which was disappointed because we had played so well for the first 80 minutes.

“I think we had lost four players over 6ft in the week leading up to the game and that left us with a problem or two.

“Hopefully one or two new arrivals will help us ahead of the weekend.”

Billericay and Bath will do battle less than a month after last locking horns.

The last meeting proved to be Harry Wheeler’s final clash in charge of Town and O’Hara has stepped up from his player-assistant manager role to the top job.

Glenn Tamplin has also stepped down as owner since the 1-1 draw between the two sides.

And O’Hara admits Billericay will approach the fixture differently this time around.

“We played Bath recently at home and that was a good test for us,” added O’Hara.

“However, a lot has changed from our point of view so it will be very different to last time.

“I do my homework on all the teams we play and we were good in terms of our tactical approach against them, but we didn’t create many chances.

“We went route one a lot, but I think we will go into the game with a different style this time.

“I think we are looking forward to the game and it is big for us in terms of the revenue a win could gain for the club.

“My aim is for us to reach the first round of the competition.”

And O’Hara has enjoyed a productive week of training in preparation for the FA Cup contest.

O’Hara admitted: “The boys have been very good in training.

“I think we have enjoyed the best couple of sessions since I have been at the club in terms of the players’ attitude.

“The focus has been there and so has the team spirit.”