Danny Laws has revealed he is worried about the lack of a form striker amongst his ranks but conceded it is not his main concern ahead of the visit of Grays Athletic tomorrow (3pm).
The Marketmen welcome the promotion-chasing Gravelmen to Bloomfields, with Athletic currently third in Ryman League Division One North, just two points off top and with two games in hand.
In contrast, Needham are currently in a winless sequence that was extended to six matches with a somewhat disappointing 1-1 draw away at Wroxham last weekend.
A lack of a clinical front man appears to be an issue, with Laws admitting himself his side have failed to capitalise when chances have arisen over recent weeks to miss out on vital points.
However, despite Kieran Leabon leading the club’s league goal scoring charts with just six, followed by centre-half Nathan Clarke with five, the manager feels it is defensively he needs to turn his attention to after seeing his side concede 10 times in those six games and 36 in 22 so far this campaign.
“A lack of a goalscorer has been concerning me, but then a lot of things have,” he said.
“However, with things not going so well, I feel we have to start at the back and then work on the players ahead of that.
“We changed our formation and had three at the back last weekend and that in turn seemed to give us more attacking options.
“Hopefully it was a sign that things are changing positively among the squad because three points is what we are all craving at the moment.
Needham’s goalscoring problems could worsen in the coming weeks with striker Rhys Henry, who has impressed since his arrival from Leiston, due to play his last game of a one-month loan period tomorrow.
Laws revealed he is interested in extending the pacy forward’s stay with the club as he aims to finally claim a first home victory of the season.
“We would love to keep Rhys but he is not my player, we’ll have to see what happens.
“Tomorrow will be difficult but who knows it might just be against one the top teams that we get that elusive home win.”