Needham on verge of league title

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Mark Morsley believes gaining promotion with Needham Market would be the greatest achievement of his managerial career as he stands one win away from fulfilling their title ambition.

The Marketmen will clinch the Ryman League Division One North championship and with it promotion, if they can overcome nearest rivals Harlow Town at Bloomfields tomorrow (3pm) in a critical clash.

A 3-0 win over Burnham Ramblers on Saturday halted a winless run of three matches to leave Needham on 100 points and importantly one point ahead of The Hawks with just two fixtures remaining as their destiny remains in their own hands.

“There is no getting away from the fact that it is a huge game and the situation is if we win we are promoted,” said Morsley.

“A draw would not be a dreadful result but I don’t think that is an option for us.

“They have to win and so naturally we could sit back but I have never played for a draw and we will be going out to make it a real spectacle.

“We have had a fantastic season at home and it is only fair we try and win the game for our fans, with the aim to get promoted in front of them.

“Personally, promotion would be the biggest achievement of my career, bigger than getting promoted with Leiston.”

But it is not the personal adulation that Morsley is striving for if he was to secure promotion with the focus being very much on the club as a whole.

“For the club as a whole promotion would be huge,” he added.

“I have a great affection for the fans, they are great people and so I want to do it for them.

“Also the committee members. There are people behind the scenes who work so hard and so it would be great reward for them.

“It would also be a great platform to bigger things for this club. The target was always to make steady improvements and move up the pyramid and that is what we all want.

“This club has been well run and has been set up over the years in the right way.

“Money wasn’t just thrown at winning promotion, instead the infrastructure was built with the ground and the academy.

“That builds future stability which is the most important thing.

“This group of players deserve to go up and if anything they can only get better.”

Kieran Morphew remains the manager’s only doubt for tomorrow’s encounter as he continues his recovery from injury.

Morsley confirmed he has responded well but conceded he would not risk the influential youngster.

“Kieran has been phenomenal this year but if he’s not fully fit I won’t risk him,” he said.

“I have to be prepared for every situation and that could mean needing him for the play-offs.

“A balance needs to be found for the team going forward but I won’t risk his health.”