Needham bid to bounce back
NEEDHAM Market travel to newly-promoted Swaffham Town tomorrow hoping to make it eight consecutive Ridgeons League, Premier Division victories.On Tuesday, Needham lost their first game of the campaign when they were beaten 1-0 by Grantham Town in an FA Cup replay at Bloomfields.
By Elvin King
NEEDHAM Market travel to newly-promoted Swaffham Town tomorrow hoping to make it eight consecutive Ridgeons League, Premier Division victories.
On Tuesday, Needham lost their first game of the campaign when they were beaten 1-0 by Grantham Town in an FA Cup replay at Bloomfields.
Manager Danny Laws found positives from his team's performance saying: “Over the three matches against Grantham we were the better side, going ahead in the first two. It would have been nice to do another round, but we didn't take our chances when it mattered.”
Laws has a full squad to pick from with the exception of club captain Mark Bailey who is on holiday. New striker Terry Rymer, who was cup-tied against Grantham, scored twice for the reserves at Leiston in mid-week and is included in the squad.
Laws added: “My players are still in a buoyant mood. When you have had a great start to the season, like we have, motivation comes naturally.”
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A win will see Needham keep pace with leaders Wroxham, who should attract a good crowd to Paul Smith's Walsham-le-Willows.
Leiston have a home game against Harwich, with manager Jason Dozzell having put in an official seven-day approach for Stowmarket Town's Warren Taylor-Holt, who played a big part in Stowmarket's Suffolk Senior Cup success last season.
Four Ridgeons League sides meet teams from higher leagues in the FA Cup second qualifying round. Debenham have the plum tie against AFC Wimbledon, while Haverhill Rovers entertain Hitchin, Kirkley & Pakefield are at home to Leighton Town and Soham play host to Solihull Moors.
In the First Division of the Ridgeons League, Stowmarket are at home to AFC Clacton, having lost utility player Chris Wright to Metaltec SIL Leiston St Margarets and goalkeeper Gary Hammond to Ipswich Wanderers. Hadleigh United will be looking for their first win on home soil when they entertain Gorleston. Five league and cup matches at Millfield this season have seen Hadleigh create plenty of chances but only manage three goals.
Manager Steve Jay watched the reserve team score eight last Saturday and will be hoping some of that form has rubbed off on his senior strikers.
Whitton United could go top with a win at Downham, while in the SIL leaders Stowupland Falcons visit unbeaten Ransomes
Stowupland are the only Senior Division side with a 100% record with second-placed Leiston St Margarets at home to Grundisburgh and poised for any slip-ups. Current champions Grundisburgh's 10-1 victory over last season's runners-up Haughley United was the first occasion that a side has hit double figures in the Senior Division for five years.