Crisell is challenged to earn his first-team place

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Mark Morsley has challenged new signing James Crisell to break into Needham Market’s first team after the youngster signed from rivals AFC Sudbury.

The midfielder featured in the Marketmen’s 6-2 defeat to Colchester United on Saturday and also played 75 minutes in the 1-0 win over Bishop’s Stortford on Tuesday evening.

And although the manager has not guaranteed Crisell a starting role, he has stated he will give him a chance to force his way into his thoughts this season.

“I’ve definitely brought him as part of the first team,” he said. “He has a two-year deal and so I definitely see his future with us.

“He will be given a chance to impress and much like Ryan Charles and Keiran Morphew last season it will be about how he develops.

“What he does in this first year will be key going forward and it will up to him to break into the first team.”

The Marketmen will continue their pre-season schedule by welcoming Chelmsford City to Bloomfields tomorrow in another testing encounter.

Morsley underlined his intentions to keep testing his players with difficult fixtures while also confirming there are no further imminent signings.

“Our intention was always to play tough fixtures and it is all about getting that sharpness,” he added. “I don’t have any players in mind at the 
moment but I won’t say we won’t be signing anyone 

n Meanwhile, the club have helped to raise £2,150 for the friends of the 7A Finborough Road Charity.

The money was raised through the annual club golf day which has raised over £10,000 for local charities over the past five years.