NEEDHAM Market manager Danny Laws has urged his side to respond to FA Vase elimination by picking up maximum points in their next two league matches, stating with the visit of Romford tomorrow (3pm).
The Marketmen were dumped out of a second cup competition in as many weeks on Saturday, following up a 1-0 FA Cup first qualifying round exit away to Concord Rangers, with a 4-3 home defeat in the FA Trophy preliminary round at the hands of Ryman League One South outfit Maidstone United.
The hosts found themselves 4-1 down after 48 minutes, before staging a comeback with Nathan Clarke and Sam Newson, grabbing his second, getting on the scoresheet, but it proved fruitless as the visitors held on to progress.
Attention is now turned back to league action with Romford’s visit tomorrow being followed by Potters Bar Town three days later (7.45pm) and Laws has conceded the only way for his players to make amends is to pick up a maximum haul of points from both encounters.
“The Maidstone result was disappointing but we have got to move on now and get back to challenging for promotion in the league,” he said.
“I don’t want to look back and over evaluate what went wrong but we have to put things right.
“Hopefully those defeats hurt the players because I’m not letting them off the hook.
“All I want now from them is a reaction. They should be suffering from losing both matches and I want to see that hurt shown in the next two matches with a positive response.
“Both of the matches are winnable games and we should be bouncing back from disappointment with maximum points in each.
“Romford and Potters Bar are both strong sides with very good managers but we are certainly capable of picking up six points from those matches.
“The players have a point to prove after two poor weeks and that should be all the motivation they need to put things right.”
Those encounters kick off a run of four straight league matches to be held at Bloomfields and Laws took the opportunity to heap praise upon the Needham faithful as he urged them to maintain their high level of support,
“The fans we have always been great and this season has been no different,” he added.
“We have had a brilliant following so far and I am in no doubt that they can make a huge difference.
“Hopefully over the next four games they will continue to turn up in their numbers and we can give them something to cheer about.”
<n> Meanwhile, Needham could be set for a new arrival at Bloomfields, after the Marketmen were linked with a move for goalkeeper Louis Johnson.
The shot stopper, 28, has previously enjoyed stints at Debenham LC, Hadleigh United and most recently last season’s Ryman League Division One North champions Leiston.