Expectations high as Needham aim for promotion

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NEEDHAM Market chairman David Bugg has stated that his club will be going all out for promotion this year ahead of the new season.

The Marketmen finished the previous Ryman League Division One North season second in the table before suffering defeat to Brentwood Town in the play-offs and Bugg has reaffirmed his club’s ambitions of promotion will be no different this time round.

“The expectations are always very high at the club and this season is no different,” he said.

“The aim has to be the same every year and that is to get promoted, whether it is by winning the league or getting through the play-offs, and this year it has to be the same.

“We have had a lot of new additions, but so have other teams in the league so it should be a competitive season.

“Season ticket sales are going extremely well and as always the fans have been very good.

“I am always excited about football, I’m not in for the politics but because I love sport, watching it and being involved as I am.”

Manager Danny Laws has been busy throughout the summer, recruiting a host of new players and despite the loss of key figures Craig Parker, Danny Gay and Kevin Horlock, club captain Rhys Barber believes the team will be more suited to promotion as he echoed the chairman’s ambitions.

He added: “We didn’t start the pre-season as well as we would have liked but now we are looking more together as a group.

“With Craig Parker leaving we knew it was going to be tough but the manager has told us he wants more responsibility spread between everyone and with the players he has managed to bring in, we have a more rounded team. I think that is the reason Thurrock won promotion. They didn’t have a lot of stand out players but they were very strong as a team.

“You get a little bit of everything before the start of the season, including some nerves and excitement.

“Last year our aim was promotion and this year it won’t be anything less.”

n Bugg also took the opportunity to send his best wishes to former player Craig Parker after last season’s 41-goal midfielder broke a bone in his foot while playing for new club Chelmsford City.

“Everyone connected with the football club wishes Craig a speedy recovery and hopefully it won’t be long before he gets back to playing,” he said.

n Needham continue their pre-season campaign in the coming week, starting with the visit of Diss Town tomorrow (3pm) and followed with a trip to Lowestoft Town on Tuesday night (7:45pm)