NEEDHAM Market striker Danny Bloomfield has urged his team-mates not to dwell on Wednesday’s 4-2 defeat at Grays Athletic and get back to winning ways in tomorrow’s visit of Harlow Town (3pm).
The Marketmen relinquished their seven-match unbeaten run, including three consecutive victories, after Junior Baker cancelled out Bloomfields opener late in the first half before a second-half brace from Nathan Gordon was added to by James Bunn as the hosts eased to victory.
Bradley Barber added a late reply, but it could not prevent a defeat which leaves Needham in third place, 11 points behind leaders Leiston.
Bloomfield could not hide his disappointment but was determined to focus on claiming victory over their play-off rivals tomorrow.
“We were very disappointed with the result but more so because we didn’t play to our best ability,” he said.
“We now need to learn from that and move forward because we still have to claim points to guarantee our place in the play-offs.
“It is a shame to lose our unbeaten run but I still feel we have turned a corner and are on the right track, so we shouldn’t beat ourselves up too much.
“There are defining moments in a season and perhaps that defeat could act as the kick-start we needed to give us that motivation to end the season strongly and give us that momentum going into the play-offs.
“For us now it is all about getting results and points on the board to carry through for the remainder of the season.
“Harlow are a good side, but we have to get something from the game, a point is the minimum.
“Being at home we should be targeting maximum points and hopefully the defeat on Wednesday would have re-focused us because we need to bounce back.
On a personal note, Bloomfield can take heart from his own performance despite the defeat, as his opener maintained his own recent scoring record to four goals the last three matches, his 12th in 27 matches this campaign.
That statistic takes on more significance when you consider most of those strikes have come from a deeper midfield role that Bloomfield has had to become accustomed with.
The striker-turned-midfielder spoke positively of his new-found position and his delight at his recent goalscoring form.
“I have been really pleased with my form recently because it always good to make a good contribution to the side.
“It is a different role for me but I have really enjoyed adjusting to it and I will continue to work hard for the team wherever I’m asked to play.”