Cup exits not a major concern for manager

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A 1-0 defeat to Mildenhall Town on Wednesday night saw the Marketmen dumped out of the Suffolk Premier Cup, which followed exits from the Ryman League Cup after a penalties loss to Leiston and elimination from the FA Cup following a 2-1 third qualifying round defeat to Witham Town.

Despite the poor run of results, the manager is far more concerned with Needham’s Ryman League Division One North promotion aspirations.

“This season has always been about promotion,” said Morsley, whose side welcome Walton and Hersham in the FA Trophy preliminary round tomorrow (3pm) before hosting Maldon and Tiptree in the league on Tuesday (7.45pm). “That is no disrespect to the Suffolk cup competitions — I had to prioritise because I don’t want to risk missing out on promotion, that is a lesson I have learnt.

“What it did allow me to do was give a host of young players a chance — that is a bonus.”

Despite his admission, Morsley has conceded that tomorrow’s cup encounter does hold significance with the chance of a trip to Maidstone United in the next round a big incentive for the manager.

“The FA competitions are always important 
because they hold that financial benefit,” added Morsley, who could welcome right-back 
Ollie Brown tomorrow 
after a year out with 
injury. “There is also 
a massive incentive of knowing the winner 
will play away to Maid-stone United in the next round, which could be huge.

“That would be a massive challenge for these players and it would be great for everyone to be able to go to a club like that and test ourselves, that is the incentive.

“However, Walton will be thinking the same and so we will have to have our wits about us and focus on Saturday’s game.”