Needham Market manager Danny Laws defends decision to release goalkeeper Alex Archer

DEPARTURE: Goalkeeper Alex Archer, pictured here in his Peterborough days, has been released from Needham Market following the signing of Louis Johnson
DEPARTURE: Goalkeeper Alex Archer, pictured here in his Peterborough days, has been released from Needham Market following the signing of Louis Johnson
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NEEDHAM Market manager Danny Laws has defended the ‘difficult’ decision to release young goalkeeper Alex Archer.

As revealed in last week’s Free Press, Laws secured the signature of former Leiston and Hadleigh United glovesman Louis Johnson, meaning teenager Archer has been moved on from the Marketmen.

“Alex Archer has done a fantastic job for an 18-year-old goalkeeper,” he said. “I think Alex needs to go to a team, possibly at a lower level, possibly a team that hasn’t got aspirations for promotion, maybe a mid-table team, because you won’t see many 18-year-old goalkeepers at this level.

“The boy wants match experience and I am sure Alex will go on to be a fantastic goalkeeper in local football or above.

“But Louis is the right goalkeeper for this club at the moment. He became available and we are delighted we have signed him.

“Alex understood, he is obviously disappointed. But these are the difficult decisions you have to make, and the decision is that Louis Johnson is the correct goalkeeper for this football club at this moment in time.”

Without a game tomorrow, the Marketmen have a few extra days to rest ahead of a league encounter with Wroxham at Bloomfields on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Craig Nurse, who is set to undergo a scan on his knee today, is the only long-term absentee, although James Evans is a doubt with a knee injury.

Following Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to table-topping Potters Bar Town, Laws is desperate for his side to end a poor run of four games without a win in all competitions.

“The players have been honest and they will dust themselves down. They are trying to put things right,” he said.

“It got a bit emotional (on Tuesday), things are not going our way and its a bitter pill to swallow.

“One draw in four is hard for a team which is looking for success and a club which is used to success.

“When you go on a mini bad run you need to reassess what you are doing a little bit. You have got to look for a little pride and a little prestige and you have got to go for it.”