Laws looking to build on ‘positive’ week for Needham

ON FORM: Ollie Fenn's recent performances alongside Matthew Redgrave have caught the eye of manager Danny Laws
ON FORM: Ollie Fenn's recent performances alongside Matthew Redgrave have caught the eye of manager Danny Laws
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Danny Laws is confident his side can build on the positivity brought about by consecutive wins ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Cheshunt (3pm).

The Marketmen had endured a disastrous period that saw them suffer back-to-back league defeats at home, shipping nine goals in the process.

However, that run of form was thankfully halted on Saturday as goals from Duane Wright, Ollie Fenn and Kieron Leabon secured a morale boosting 3-0 victory away to Thamesmead.

That new-found confidence was again on display on Tuesday night as the Bloomfields outfit lifted the Ryman League Charity Shield following a 5-3 penalty shoot-out success away to local rivals Bury Town, after the sides played out a goalless draw.

Despite being far from getting carried away with recent results, manager Laws believes his side can rightfully feel confident ahead of a tough four-day period, that sees them travel to the Ambers tomorrow (3pm), before a trip to fifth-placed Aveley on Tuesday (7.45pm).

“Things are a lot more positive now than they were last week but I’m not getting carried away just yet,” he said. “Saturday was the best we have played all season and everybody was back to the level of performance that I expect.

“We dominated the whole of the game and there was a lot of positives to take, in stark contrast to the week previously.

“Now we have two tough away games ahead but we are positive and will be looking to continue from recent results and strive forward.

“I always strive for consistency and if the lads continue to apply themselves as they have in the last two matches then that is all I can ask for.”

The recent improving form has also coincided with the blossoming partnership being formed at the heart of Needham’s midfield between 19-year old Matthew Redgrave, signed permanently from Bishops Stortford, and Ollie Fenn.

The duo’s combative displays in the last week against Thamesmead and Bury have not gone unnoticed by Laws.

“Matthew is a player who I have been after since the start of the season,” he said. “He is not match fit at the moment but to perform as impressively as he has over the last two matches for a 19-year-old is fantastic.

“He now needs to keep a level head and grow and to learn the way we want him to play. His attitude is spot on and long may it continue.

“Ollie Fenn is another one who has impressed me and is growing all the time as a player for us. He had a hand in two goals on Saturday and is key to what we are trying to do at the moment.

“It is the first time he has had a run in that position and to have him performing as he is is exactly what I’m looking for.”