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Mark Morsley admits missing management as Needham Market target Cup progression against Chesham

PUBLISHED: 11:56 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:56 15 September 2017

Mark Morsley, at his final game in charge of Needham Market, last season.

Mark Morsley, at his final game in charge of Needham Market, last season.


As Needham Market gets ready to be sprinkled with FA Cup stardust tomorrow, chairman Mark Morsley admits he misses the magic of being in the Bloomfields dugout.

Morsley moved upstairs at the end of last season, making way for Richard Wilkins, who leads the Marketmen into battle at home to Southern Premier Division side Chesham United, on Saturday.

Morsley spent almost two decades as a successful manager on the Suffolk and north Essex non-league scene and helped Needham reach the Fourth Qualifying Round in October 2013, his side losing 1-0 at home to Cambridge United and narrowly missing out on a potential money-spinning tie with Sheffield United.

Tomorrow, Morsley will be watching from his new position as Wilkins attempts to steer the team into the next round and admits to being a little bit envious of his former assistant manager.

Asked if he was missing being a manager, Morsley said: “I think I am to a degree, it’s early days, but I spent 19 years as a manager, which is a long while.

“But, from a Needham point-of-view, we have got the best manager in the region at this football club, I tell that to anyone who wants to listen.”

Wilkins’ talent is not in question, however, he has endured a difficult start to life as Needham manager, and a victory today, along with the prize money that comes with it, would be a welcome fillip for the former Bury Town and Leiston boss.

Needham have taken eight points from their opening seven Bostik Premier games and have lost three times on their home turf already.

Morsley explained: “We have been a bit unlucky with injuries this season.

“Jamie Griffiths, who we signed in the summer, (from Long Melford) is now back getting fit in the reserves while another striker, John Sands, who has also been injured, got his first 15 minutes of the season under his belt in midweek.”

On the prospect of Cup progress, the former Leiston and AFC Sudbury manager added: “It’s the FA Cup and tie is worth £4,500, need I say more?

“It’s a competition everyone always wants to be involved in and from our point-of-view it always presents a good chance to try and reach the first round.”

Two Ipswich Town stars will be looking to take a big step towards this summer’s World Cup over the next week while a host of younger players look to further their international careers.

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been impressed by Ipswich stopper Bartosz Bialkowski following his first call-up to the Polish national team.

Luton boss Nathan Jones is disappointed to lose the services of midfielder Flynn Downes due to international duty but is pleased to see the Ipswich Town youngster continue his development with England Under 19s.

Fighting for a place in England’s World Cup squad might be tough work for Burnley’s Nick Pope but it beats riding a milk float in the early hours of the morning.

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Michael Crowe was taken by surprise when he found out he had been called up for international duty, but is determined to learn as much as he can while away with the Wales squad.

Ipswich Town fans want to see young defender Josh Emmanuel given his chance in the first team next season.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says Josh Emmanuel may be sent out on loan again next season.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers hopes striker David McGoldrick has not played his last game for the club.

Season ticket prices, whether we’ll hear from owner Marcus Evans and manager Mick McCarthy’s future are the three big questions as Ipswich Town head into a two-week international break.

Did you hear about the Mick McCarthy press conference? He walked into the room, sat down, and apologised profusely to the loyal fans of Ipswich Town, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

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