Mark Morsley has challenged his side Needham Market side to regain their consistency and ease their relegation fears ahead of a visit from Canvey Island tomorrow (3pm).
Having seemingly eased the pressure of the threat of relegation with a seven-game unbeaten run, winning six, during the past two months, the Marketmen have suffered back-to-back defeats in their last two games including a 3-0 humbling at the hands of rivals Leiston on Boxing Day.
That has left Needham just one place and five points above the Ryman League Premier Division drop zone and the manager is well aware that they need to get back on track as soon as possible.
“Our form recently has been really disappointing in all honesty,” he said. “Particularly the Leiston game in which we didn’t really turn up or get going.
“We still have that little buffer of points but it is important that we get back to winning ways as soon as possible.
“Hopefully that will be starting on Saturday against a Canvey side who have had a bit of a blip themselves.
“January is looking like a very difficult for us and so we need to pick up as many points as possible early on.”
The manager also raised concerns about condition of the Bloomfields pitch following a recent postponement of their game against VCD on Debember 19, but remains hopeful Saturday’s game will go ahead.
“In all honesty the pitch is looking awful,” he conceded. “I’ve never known a pitch to look so good in the summer and so poor in the winter.
“There is always the threat of the game being in danger but I’m hopeful we will be okay.”
Morsley also confirmed enquiries had been made for transfer-listed forward Adam Mills from a host of Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division clubs but no deal has been struck.
“He doesn’t want to drop down to that level and so we are working on a deal to suit both parties,” added the Needham manager.