DANNY Laws is searching for a hero – and he hopes he may have found it in among his new midfield partnership of Bradley Barber and Ollie Fenn.
The Needham Market manager has been counting the cost of losing 41-goal midfielder Craig Parker to Chelmsford City in the summer.
But the emergence of ex-Ipswich Town trainee Fenn, since signing from Galway United, in the summer and Barber’s superb double in the Marketmen’s first away win in Ryman One North this season, at Maldon and Tiptree on Tuesday, has given Laws reasons to be cheerful.
He said: “We need more people to step up and take the limelight, we need more heroes like Bradley Barber was on Tuesday night.
“We didn’t miss Craig on Tuesday because we had other people sharing the workload and sharing the limelight – I thought Ollie Fenn had a touch of Craig about him.
“Craig has left big shoes to fill and maybe Ollie can fill those for us – I certainly felt that on Tuesday.”
The Marketmen were narrowly beaten by Blue Square Bet South side Ebbsfleet United in the FA Cup last year, and Laws hopes they can go one better against a side from the same level, albeit the North section, in Nuneaton Town on Saturday (3pm)
“We didn’t disgrace ourselves against Ebbsfleet last year, and they are now playing in the Conference,” said Laws. “It’s a tough draw, but we’ll be aiming to go one better.”
Meanwhile, Needham have added a touch of South American flair to their frontline with the signing of Venezuelan Jose Espinosa from Division One North rivals Brentwood Town.
n The Marketmen resume their rivalry with ex-Ridgeons League rivals Soham Town Rangers at Bloomfields in the league on Tuesday (7.45pm), providing there is no FA Cup replay.