NEEDHAM Market manager Danny Laws has urged his players to focus solely on securing a Ryman League Division One North play-off spot.
Saturday’s somewhat unconvincing 3-1 victory at home over Harlow Town left Needham in third place in the league, five points clear of sixth-placed AFC Sudbury, who remain just outside the play-off places.
However, with a tricky trip away to Potters Bar Town tomorrow (3pm) and then consecutive encounters in the coming weeks with second-placed Enfield Town (home) and table-toppers Leiston (away), Laws is well aware their current play-off position is far from guaranteed.
“Our aim is to secure our place in the play-offs but that isn’t guaranteed yet because there are a lot of good teams going for those positions and we have got to play them all,” he said.
“It is all about the points at this stage of the season, we have set ourselves a little points target, and we have targeted some games where we think we can pick up some results.
“The signs are good at the moment but we know we have some difficult matches coming up including Potters Bar, Enfield and Leiston.”
If the Marketmen are to cement their play-off place come the end of the season, they will need to start picking up points away for Bloomfields, having won just one match on their travels in the last six, with half of their remaining eight matches on the road.
The manager outlined the threat tomorrow’s opponents pose as he reiterated his desire to achieve a top five finish.
“Potters Bar are bang on form at the moment, it is a very difficult place to go and the boys will have to roll up their sleeves again.
“We have to start winning away from home again and pick up points against these sides. We have looked at the games we have left and everyone is working hard to achieve our aim of getting into those play-offs.”