Revenge on boss Laws’ mind as Needham head into the Forest

DOUBLE GOALSCORER: Midfielder Bradley Barber delivers the ball towards goal during Saturday's 4-1 win over Aveley, a match in which he scored twice as a makeshift striker
DOUBLE GOALSCORER: Midfielder Bradley Barber delivers the ball towards goal during Saturday's 4-1 win over Aveley, a match in which he scored twice as a makeshift striker

Needham Market will go in search of revenge when they travel to Waltham Forest in Ryman League Division One North tomorrow (3pm).

The Marketmen were trounced 6-1 at home by Forest back in October — the worst result of an under whelming season for a club chasing promotion this time last year.

It is just one of a number of tasks set by Laws between now and the end of the season, with victories over leaders Maldon and Tiptree and a derby day success against AFC Sudbury also on the outgoing Needham chief’s list of targets.

“We owe them one, but they are a bit unpredictable,” said Laws. “We want to continue our fine away form and maybe even end up with the best away record in the league.”

Bradley Barber – who usually plays in central midfield – was used as a makeshift striker against fifth-placed Aveley on Saturday as Needham put on their best home display of the season.

The left-footed maestro scored twice to fire the Marketmen to a 4-2 victory, with Jemel Fox and Sam Newson also on target, while new signing Kabir Jeetoo suitably impressed on debut.

“It’s too little too late for us to do anything about promotion unfortunately, but we still want to work hard,” added Laws, who is to step down to the role of head coach in the summer and be replaced by Mark Morsley. “There’s no point us thinking ‘what if’, we might as well look forward to the next game.

“We all held our hands up and said we weren’t going to get promoted now, but we’ve decided to carry on battling and the attitude has been great in the last few weeks.”

Needham took the lead against Aveley after just four minutes when Fox headed Kieran Leabon’s corner 
home.

Sam Newson doubled the home side’s lead nine minutes later, picking up an Ollie Fenn pass to slip the ball past the advancing Aveley keeper, Foster.

Jeetoo capitalised on a defensive error by Bradley Thomas to feed Barber for the third Needham goal just before the quarter-hour-mark.

Needham momentarily lost concentration and Junior Dadson scrambled one back, but Barber rounded off a great half for the hosts by scoring from a free-kick in injury time.

Needham defended stoutly for the whole of the second half and comfortably kept Aveley at bay.