Laws unapologetic for Marketmen’s home win

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Needham Market manager Danny Laws was delighted his side finally won a home match in Ryman One North and admitted he did not care how it came.

Laws’ charges had gone 14 home league games this season without tasting success — 17 in total — before battling their way to a 2-1 success over second-bottom Redbridge at Bloomfields on Saturday.

The Marketmen — whose goals came from Duane Wright and Bradley Barber on Saturday — will look to improve their home form further when hosting third-bottom Ware tomorrow (3pm) and bottom-club Ilford on Wednesday (7.45pm).

“I’m so pleased,” said Laws, who is to stand down at the end of the season to be replaced by Mark Morsley. “I don’t care how bad the game was or the fact they were second bottom, I just care we won a league match at home — it had gone on far too long.”

Needham followed their home win on Saturday with a 2-2 draw at Heybridge Swifts on Tuesday night to stretch their unbeaten run to five matches, despite introducing several academy players in recent weeks.

However, two of those players ended the night in hospital after Ryan Charles suffered ankle ligament damage and Sam Thrower — who was kept in overnight for observation — was knocked unconscious.

Both players are set to miss this week’s games with Ware and Ilford, while talisman striker Newson could also be absent after picking up an ankle injury in the warm-up on Tuesday.

Rhys Barber will also be away to be best man at a wedding, while Kieran Morphew has a knee injury and Matt Redgrave could be unavailable as he is attempting to secure his UEFA B coaching licence.

That may open the door for Matt Poxon and Connor Corrick to become the latest academy graduates to feature in Laws’ first-team squad.

Tom Dew, another of Needham’s young stars, looked to have secured them a win at Heybridge by scoring their second goal at Heybridge Swifts on Tuesday, adding to Jemel Fox’s opener.

However, the Essex side netted twice in the closing stages to snatch a point.