NEEDHAM Market manager Danny Laws believes lessons have been learned from last season’s play-off elimination as he sets his sights on going all the way this time round.
The Marketmen secured their top five berth in Ryman League Division One North with a 2-0 win away to Chatham Town on Saturday, courtesy of goals from Lee McGlone and Angelo Harrop, to leave them in third place ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Brentwood Town (3pm) in the final match of the season.
It is the second time in as many seasons that the Bloomfields outfit find themselves in the play-off picture come the end of the campaign, which start on Tuesday, but everyone connected with the club will be hoping for a better outcome than last time out.
Needham found themselves as table toppers for long periods of last season before ultimately crashing out in the play-off semi-finals, coincidentally to tomorrow’s opponents.
Laws felt that was down to the disappointment on missing out on automatic promotion but believes his players will have a different mind-set this season and embrace the chance to gain promotion via the play-offs.
“You have got to glad of getting the opportunity to be in the play-offs,” he said. “That is something we didn’t do last year, we almost had resentment at being in play-offs because we had missed out on winning the league and that was our second choice.
“However, this season it has become our first choice and I believe it is all about the mindset you have going into the play-offs.
“This time we are glad to be there, whereas maybe last season we weren’t so much, it will be a big factor.
“We are the only beaten play-off team from last season to get there again and so we are delighted with that.
“We celebrated getting into the play-offs which we didn’t last season and we are certainly more determined and focused.”
As well as focusing on having a different mind-set ahead of the play-offs, the manager is aware fully aware of the importance of momentum, something he will be looking for with victory against Brentwood Town.
“Hopefully we will be able to take our performance from last week into the game tomorrow and give the fans a reward with victory in what could be our final home game of the season,” he added.
“I want to finish on a high because that will give us the momentum going into the play-offs.”