Away record could be key to Needham

TOP SCORER: Sam Newson is fit again and looking to notch his first goal since November as part of Needham's impressive three-pronged attack
TOP SCORER: Sam Newson is fit again and looking to notch his first goal since November as part of Needham's impressive three-pronged attack

NEEDHAM Market will be looking to fire back to form on their travels when they visit Thamesmead Town tomorrow (3pm) and Grays Athletic on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Although the third-placed Marketmen are unbeaten in six matches, they have won just one in eight on the road in all competitions and play six of their last 11 league games away from home.

But, with the goalscoring talents of Sam Newson, Danny Bloomfield and Lee McGlone to call on, manager Danny Laws is eyeing a turnaround in fortunes away from Bloomfields.

“It’s something we are aiming to put right as we reach the business-end of the season,” said Laws. “It is a real target of ours to pick up significant points on our travels.”

Although an improvement in away form is the next intended target, Needham have followed a run of five consecutive defeats by avoiding defeat in their last six games, with 21 goals being scored during that time.

“We’ve managed to reverse a slide in the short-term,” he said. “December and January were not great for us — we couldn’t buy a point at one stage.”

New signing McGlone — who is yet to taste defeat as a Needham player — has netted six goals since moving from Leiston during the festive period to form a dangerous three-pronged attack with Newson and Bloomfield.

“They are great lads to work with,” added Laws. “They are all different types of players — which is the reason why I can field all three of them from the start of game — albeit they all have one common factor, which is they know where the back of the net is.”

Needham captain Rhys Barber echoed his manager’s sentiments about the three — who are three of the most prolific frontmen of recent seasons.

“Lee McGlone has been a great signing,” said Barber. “We’ve lacked someone who can hold the ball up.

“Having Sam back is like having a new signing and although Danny has been playing a different role from midfield, he has still notched a few goals.”

Laws has also turned to players from Needham’s reserve and youth set-ups to strengthen his squad.

Former Ipswich Town apprentice Curtley Williams has been signed on to Ryman League forms, along with Elliott Crowe, Ryan Charles, Kieran Morphew, Tom Dew and goalkeeper Ben Lancaster.