Morsley says Needham’s cup motive is not revenge

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Needham Market manager Mark Morsley has insisted that money, not revenge, is the incetive when they host Witham Town in the FA Cup tomorrow (3pm).

The Marketmen welcome the Essex side to Bloomfields this weekend for their first meeting since their infamous play-off semi-final clash in April.

The match was marred with controversy after Witham included striker Lee Townrow in their starting line-up.

Townrow was on loan from Needham and his inclusion, the Marketmen believed, had broken a gentlemen’s agreement.

But despite that fateful night — which Witham won 1-0 and led to their promotion to the Ryman League Premier — Morsley is only focused on the financial benefits a victory would bring to the Bloomfields-based club.

“It’s an important match for the club with the money that’s on offer,” said the Needham boss.

“Undoubtedly there will be comparisons to that bad-tempered match last season. But it’s a different competition, a different season andboth teams are different.”

Needham’s 5-2 success over London Tigers secured the Marketmen’s place in the third qualifying round for only the third time in their history, and are now just two more wins away from a place in the first round that will see the inclusion of clubs from the Sky Bet Football League One and Two, such as Sheffield United, Portsmouth and Colchester United.

The winner of tomorrow’s match will bag £7,000 and a place in the fourth qualifying round draw on Monday.

“We’ll have a fully fit squad,” said Morsley. “So I’ll have a few difficult selections to make for Saturday.”