Consistency crucial to maintaining good run

NEEDHAM Market manager Danny Laws has warned his players against complacency ahead of the club’s trip to the Ryman League Division One North’s bottom side Ilford tomorrow (3pm).

The Marketmen are enjoying a good run of form in the league after three consecutive victories, including Saturday’s 4-1 demolition of high-flying Tilbury.

Although they are facing matches against two struggling sides, Ilford tomorrow before the visit of Ware to Bloomfields on Tuesday (7.45pm), the manager has urged his players to maintain their consistency.

“You have to be confident after back-to-back wins, but there are no easy games in the division and we are fully aware of the tasks ahead,” he said.

“We will definitely need to guard against complacency because I don’t believe the league is a true reflection of how good some of the sides are.

“Consistency is the key and that is what we need if we are going to stay on a strong run.

“We know what we need to do now and I’m looking for the players to keep up that high level of performance.”

Needham currently sit in second place in the league, five points behind pace-setters Grays Athletic.

And although Laws will not entertain the idea of targeting promotion at this early stage, he was forced to concede that if his players can maintain their strong team ethic – the strongest he has ever encountered – then they could be celebrating come the end of the Ryman League campaign.

“It is easy for me to manage the players at the moment because they are a settled side and there is a good spirit among them”, he added.

“It is a new side and performances are improving every week, I have a lot of faith in the team.

“We are not built on individuals but instead a good team ethic. I think it is the strongest team spirit and ethic I have had since I took charge here.

“The players just need to stick together and keep faith in each other and we should have a successful season.”