Needham let their grip on the top of the table slip

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Mark Morsley is confident his side have only suffered a minor blip after seeing Needham Market lose their place at the top of the Ryman League Division One North table.

The Marketmen saw their perfect start to the new campaign come to an end on Tuesday night as they suffered their first defeat in seven, going down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Brentwood Town.

Alex Akrofi opened the scoring for the visitors in the 10th minute before Luke Hammond levelled four minutes before the interval.

However, Sam Bantick struck what proved to be the winner in the 76th minute to seal all three points in a match which also saw Town miss a penalty.

But ahead of trip to relegated Thamesmead Town tomorrow (3pm) and Barkingside on Monday (7.45pm), Morsley is confident his side will bounce back.

“It is always disappointing to see a winning run end but we knew it would happen at some stage,” he said. “They deserved the victory and we have got a few things to learn about how to combat the way teams set up against us.

“It is a learning curve, but I am confident it is nothing more than a blip.

“The next two games will be big tests for us and I will be looking for a lot of mental strength from my team, but I’m confident we will see that.”

Morsley will have to cope with the losses of captain Kem Izzet and Danny Cunningham, who will miss Monday’s encounter with Barkingside through suspension.

n Needham Market Reserves halted a run of three straight defeats in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division with a 3-1 success at Cornard United on Saturday.

Taylor Bannister, Connor Ward and Jordan were all on target for Needham, who welcome Kings Lynn Town Reserves tomorrow (3pm) and host Woodbridge Town on Wednesday (7.45pm).