Winning runs on the line in table-topping tussle

AT LEAST one of two 12-match winning records will have to end at Bloomfields tomorrow when the top two teams clash in Ryman League Division One North (3pm).

Needham Market – who have won 12 consecutive home league matches – host East Thurrock United, a side that have won their last 12 league games, home and away.

The Essex side’s run has knocked the Marketmen from the summit of the league table, and Laws believes tomorrow’s opposition deserve to be there.

“They have had an outstanding run of results,” he said. “12 straight wins is very impressive, so credit to them.

“They have showed their strengths and deservedly sit top of the league.”

Needham and East Thurrock have already netted 110 goals between them this season, so supporters turning up at Bloomfields tomorrow can expect entertainment.

“It’s a great one for the fans,” said Laws. “It’s top versus second, so it’s obviously the match of the day in Ryman Division One North.

“When the fixtures come together and throw the top two teams together, it becomes the game of the day. It’s the one people will be talking about and I’m sure both sets of players are looking forward to it too.

“We will be fully prepared and I’m sure both teams have done their homework.”

United’s scouting mission would have been made easier by the fact that Needham travelled to their Corringham-based ground to face Grays Athletic on Wednesday night, a match Laws’s side won 3-2 – recording their fourth consecutive single-goal victory in the process.

“We will be taking in that same mentality,” said the Marketmen’s manager. “If we can keep solid at the back and do the business in goal, defence and midfield, it allows our forwards to go and be our heroes.

Lewis Pemberton missed Wednesday night’s 3-2 defeat at Grays Athletic, but could return tomorrow.

Pip Boyland, who replaced the right-back, should also be available once more, but Christy Finch and Sheridan Driver remain sidelined.