Defender Townrow focuses on the positives of cup exit

BATTLE HARDENED: Lee Townrow feels the affects of his clash of heads with U's striker Kwesi Appiah
BATTLE HARDENED: Lee Townrow feels the affects of his clash of heads with U's striker Kwesi Appiah
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Lee Townrow has urged Needham Market to reflect on the positives, despite seeing their memorable FA Cup journey ended by Cambridge United.

In a rousing performance from each of the Marketmen’s squad involved in the 1-0 fourth qualifying round defeat, the centre-half typified Needham’s battling spirit to recover from a clash of head’s with U’s striker Kwesi Appiah and almost help force a well-deserved replay.

Despite the disappointment, the bloodied defender, who donned the Terry Butcher head-bandage look and required stitches following the match, believes there were plenty of positives to take from the defeat.

“I thought it was a good performance from the lads and we can be proud of our efforts,” he said.

“The injury didn’t feel too bad if I’m honest and it was one of those where I didn’t want come off and felt I could carry on.

“It wasn’t just me though, all the lads typified that battling spirit with countless blocks at the end and James (Shea) was fantastic throughout with some brilliant saves.

“I think we more than held our own and in that first hour or so you couldn’t tell whatsoever who was the Conference side and overall we are disappointed more than anything because we had a few good chances of our own.

“When they brought on Adam Cunnington it made all the difference, but it was always going to be a tough challenge.

“I think we showed how far we’ve come on since the start of the season.

“There was certainly more positives than negatives to take from the tie and all in all it should stand us in good stead.”