Needham left with no choice but to face daunting fixture frenzy

AT THE DOUBLE: In-form Mildenhall Town striker Steve Holder
AT THE DOUBLE: In-form Mildenhall Town striker Steve Holder
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Mark Morsley has accepted his side have to just get on with the task in hand as they face a fixture frenzy totalling 20 matches in 64 days.

That daunting sequence will commence with a difficult period of three games in the next six days as Needham Market travel to struggling Brentwood tomorrow (3pm), before facing promotion rivals Heybridge Swifts at home on Tuesday (7.45pm) and VCD Athletic away on Thursday (7.45pm).

After his concerns of the pile-up fell on deaf ears, the manager has come to the 
realisation that his side have to face the situation head on if they are to fulfil their 
aspirations for promotion in what could prove a vital period.

“Obviously it is going to be a busy period, but it is what it is,” he said. “We’ve made our feelings known, but now we just have to get on with it and stick it out.

“The next week will be huge with the games that we have got and they could very much define our season.

“We could come away with 12 points and everything looks great, but in contrast we could lose all four and find ourselves massively behind, that’s just the situation.

“All I really know is that we have to win these games and we will be going out to do just that — that will be our approach.

“The squad is looking okay in terms of injuries and so we will just have to see how things go over these stretch of games.”

Ahead of the run-in, it has been a case of one in and one out at Bloomfields as the Marketmen continue to shape a squad capable of challenging for promotion.

Former Football League striker Richard Logan has been shown the exit door,having only signed earlier this season from Mildenhall Town, while Dave Cowley has arrived from neighbours and Ryman League Division One North promotion rivals AFC Sudbury on a two-year deal.

“Dave is a really good player and one I have been trying to get for most of the season,” added Morsley. “He has signed on for two years and will be a very good option for us in a number of positions which is exactly what is needed.”

Meanwhile, Logan took to social media site Twitter to express his displeasure at the decision to release him in a series of messages.

“Officially has no club #finished,” posted the striker (@Richard20logan).

“Got released today after they promised me I would be there to the end of the season. I gave 100% all time and find this hard to stomach.

“And very unfair, have the worry of providing for my family and finding a new club so near the end of season."

n Needham Market Reserves, who lost 6-0 at Swaffham Town on Wednesday, host Debenham LC in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division tomorrow (3pm).

Thurlow Nunn League round-up

Mildenhall Town travel to Woodbridge Town tomorrow (3pm) on the back of their first win of the year in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

Steve Holder bagged a brace in Hall’s 4-2 triumph over CRC at Recreation Way on Saturday, taking his tally to eight goals in 13 league matches this season.

Dave Werthmann and Aaron Turner also netted for Hall , who host Ely City on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Walsham-le-Willows, whose home game with Kirkley and Pakefield was postponed on Saturday, do not play again until March 1, while Thetford Town — who lost 2-0 at high-flying Brightlingsea Regent on Tuesday — host leaders Hadleigh United in the Premier Division tomorrow (3pm).

Team Bury, whose match at Fakenham Town was postponed on Saturday (3pm), travel to Long Melford tomorrow (3pm) and AFC Sudbury Reserves on Wednesday (7.45pm) — both in the First Division.

Stowmarket Town, whose home game with Downham Town was postponed on Saturday, visit Cornard United in the First Division tomorrow (3pm) and welcome Great Yarmouth Town to Greens Meadow in the quarter-finals of the First Division Knockout Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm).