Mark Morsley has warned Needham Market that games against Cray Wanderers and Heybridge Swifts could be their toughest yet.
The Marketmen are preparing to welcome third-bottom Wanderers to Bloomfields tomorrow (3pm) before hosting 19th-placed Swifts on Tuesday (7.45pm) as they look to build on their current impressive form.
Despite sitting four points clear at the top of Ryman League Division One North following a 3-1 win at Soham Town Rangers on Tuesday, which came three days after a memorable 4-2 FA Cup second-qualifying round victory over Cambridge City, the manager is wary of the upcoming challenges.
“Beating Cambridge was no fluke — we were the better side on the day and the performance was excellent,” he said. “It couldn’t have been much harder than going to Soham after that and so I’m delighted with the complete performance we put on.
“Being top is great, but we have to be wary.
“The next two games are very dangerous and probably the hardest we’ve had in a way.
“We have to be right because if we under estimate either of them in the slightest we will get punished.
“Being the form team will always bring different problems because teams will raise their game and will be looking to cause a shock.
“On paper, these are games we should be expected to win, but football is not played on paper — these are the matches that can be the mark of champions.”
n Needham Market Reserves will be aiming to halt a run of four straight Thurlow Nunn League First Division defeats when they travel to Downham Town tomorrow (3pm).
The latest came in a 4-0 loss to Debenham LC and Needham will be hoping to bounce back before also hosting Stowmarket Town in the Red Insure Thurlow Nunn League Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm).