Morsley finally ends frustrating striker search

REINFORCEMENTS ACQUIRED: Mark Morsley has boosted his attacking options this week with the signing of Leiston's Ryan Crisp

REINFORCEMENTS ACQUIRED: Mark Morsley has boosted his attacking options this week with the signing of Leiston's Ryan Crisp

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Needham Market manager Mark Morsley has boosted his attacking ranks after confirming the signing of Ryan Crisp from Leiston this week.

The Marketmen’s chief has finally concluded a frustrating search for a new striker, which included missing out on Saffron Walden’s Craig Calver, as he tries to reignite his faltering frontline and fill the void left by injured leading goalscorer Sam Newson.

After seeing his side slip to a frustrating 1-0 defeat away at Thurrock on Tuesday, Morsley was delighted to finally get his hands on a player he tried to sign in the summer as he tries to rediscover the form that saw the former Kirkley and Pakefield striker handed trials with Ipswich Town and Dagenham and Redbridge last season.

“The move is good for both parties as it will give him the chance to find a bit of form and will give us that added cover up front,” he said.

“There is no doubting his ability, he is big, strong and has bags of pace. His career has stalled a bit, but he just needs reigniting.

“Short term he just needs football and all if all works out then there could be a possibility of discussions to keep him here.”

Crisp could be set to make his debut tomorrow as Needham welcome 16th-placed Barkingside to Bloomfields (3pm) and look to overcome a stuttering period of form that has seen them pick up just one win in their last seven matches in all competitions.

However, despite seeing Needham currently sit in 11th position, four points off the Ryman League Division One North play-off places, Morsley — whose side also host Hadleigh United in a Suffolk Premier Cup quarter-final encounter on Tuesday (7.45pm) — is refusing to panic just yet.

“I’m not concerned yet, it is only November and we have plenty of time,” he added.

“People need to remember that we only kept on two players from last season, it is a new team and it will take time for players to gel properly.

“I’m not one to hide from pressure and I don’t think we are far away from where I want us to be.

“The next couple of games are a good opportunity to get back on track and really push on.”