NEEDHAM Market manager Danny Laws believes their lack of game time recently has been a positive thing, but is now relishing getting back to action, starting with a trip to Grays Athletic tomorrow (3pm).
The Marketmen will end an 11-day mach absence at the Gravelmen on the back of a four-game winless streak in all competitions, that has seen them suffer three defeats, including in their last league encounter in a 2-0 reverse to Potters Bar Town at Bloomfields on September 25.
Laws’ charges were set to face Wroxham on Tuesday, which was postponed due to their opponents’ FA Trophy commitments, but the manager welcomed the news of an extended period away from the pitch as he looks for a response at Grays.
“The break has allowed me time to reassess things and given us a bit of breathing space,” he said.
“It has helped take the edge off a little bit and relieved a bit of pressure on the players.
“Having to play Wroxham this week might not have been what we needed, but now the players should be eager to go again.
“The confidence has been knocked slightly but we are motivated to put things right.
“Grays are a strong team and a big club, so we are expecting a tough match.
“It is a very big game for us, with the poor form we are suffering and we need to find a response.
“We need to more focused than we have been and cut out needless individual mistakes if we are going to get anything out of the game.”
Following tomorrow’s league match Needham travel to Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Hadleigh United on Tuesday (7.45pm) for a Suffolk Premier Cup first round encounter.
As part of the current poor form the Bloomfield outfit were dumped out of two cup competitions, suffering a 1-0 FA Cup first qualifying round defeat away to Concord Rangers, before crashing out of the FA Trophy just a week later in a thrilling 4-3 defeat at home to Maidstone United.
Although gaining promotion from Ryman League Division One North may be Laws’ priority this season, the manager is determined to enjoy at least one successful cup run.
“Cup competition aren’t always a welcome distraction because it takes you away from the league,” he said. “However, after dropping out of two cup competitions already this season, I want a good cup run.”