NEEDHAM Market manager Danny Laws has urged his players to forget their humiliating 5-0 Boxing Day derby defeat to Leiston as they look to bounce back to winning ways in a congested new year fixture list.
The Marketmen’s stuttering league form continued over the festive period as the emphatic derby defeat meant the Bloomfield outfit have now only recorded one victory in their last five league matches, resulting in them losing their grip on top spot in Ryman League Division One North.
Laws, like most, was left shell shocked by the score line but he believes his players must isolate the result as they look to get back to winning ways, firstly welcoming mid table Heybridge Swifts to Bloomfields tomorrow (3pm) before seeing in the new year with a mouth watering derby encounter away to Suffolk rivals AFC Sudbury on Monday (3pm) at King’s Marsh.
“I was disappointed for the fans with the Leiston defeat but we will try and isolate that result and move on,” he said.
“We know the match with Heybridge will be difficult, we dropped points to Soham and to Chatham this season, anyone can beat anybody.
“The match with AFC will be a good game, it is a local derby and we know it will be a tough encounter.
“As I have said before there are a number of links between the two sides so it should be another exciting match.
“We will have to alleviate the mistakes from the previous matches and try and get maximum points.
Meanwhile, AFC Sudbury manager Chris Tracey has stoked the flames ahead of the derby match by writing off their rival’s title hopes, claiming both sides will be fighting for a play-off spot despite Needham currently being a point off regaining top spot.
“We went to Needham a couple of weeks ago and knocked them out of the (Ryman League) cup with their strongest starting 11 and it will be two teams fighting for a play-off position” said Tracey.