EXCLUSIVE: Needham Market will not appeal play-off defeat

CENTRE OF A STORM: Lee Townrow, pictured playing for Needham Market in September
CENTRE OF A STORM: Lee Townrow, pictured playing for Needham Market in September

Needham Market have decided not to appeal against Lee Townrow’s unexpected appearance against his parent club in Tuesday’s play-off semi-final defeat at Witham Town.

Manager Mark Morsley claimed a gentleman’s agreement was broken to play the on-loan Needham player who they were still paying (a third of his wages) for, leaving him fuming and having to make a hasty exit from the stadium to cool down after the final whistle.

He claimed Needham agreed not to recall the player, who was unable to play against them in their previous fixture due to the terms of the loan, to allow him the chance to play in the final if Witham were to win through to it.

“Myself and the club have spoken about our options today and we are not going to pursue with an appeal,” he told the Free Press.

“We feel it is just dragging ourselves down to their level.

“At the end of the day we lost a game of football and that is the reality of the night.”

But he said he will certainly not be forgiving and forgetting what went on.

“It was a disgraceful turn of events really — there is no other way to describe it.”

* Read Friday’s Bury Free Press for revelations from Morsley from the night and his reaction to the 1-0 defeat.