NEEDHAM Market have been handed a boost ahead of their Boxing Day derby clash with Leiston with the news that leading marksman Sam Newson has signed a new contract at Bloomfields, writes Sam Murley.
The Ryman League Division One North’s leading scorer, who was set to spend a four day trial period with League Two outfit Gillingham before an injury against Chatham Town halted his opportunity, has now committed himself to the Marketmen until the end of the 2012/13 season.
Club chairman David Bugg, who confirmed negotiations over a new contract had started prior to the striker’s proposed deal with the Gills, could not hide his delight at tying Newson down to an extended deal.
“This is a timely boost for the football club as we go into this busy and key period of the season,” he said.
“To do so sitting top of the league and having secured the services of the top goalscorer to a new deal is great news for all of our supporters.”
The 23-year-old is certain to miss the derby clash with fourth-placed rivals Leiston, but after Needham secured their first league victory in three matches with a 2-0 win away to Ware on Saturday, courtesy of goals from Angelo Harrop and Danny Thrower, manager Danny Laws is confident of derby day success, despite expecting a tough encounter.
“It was fantastic to get back to winning ways against Ware,” he said.
“It will be a battle on Boxing Day against Leiston in a match involving two very strong sides.
“I am expecting blood and guts but the players will be ready for that, derby clashes are always fantastic.
“They are always big games with big crowds and I have every faith in my players and confident they will get a victory.”