Needham Market are in the midst of an injury crisis as they prepare to host Burnham Ramblers in Ryman One North tomorrow (3pm).
Mark Morsley’s Marketmen have surged into the play-off places courtesy of a seven-match unbeaten run in the league, but they could be without 10 players this weekend.
Striker Ryan Crisp has returned to Leiston after bagging five goals in five games on loan at Needham, Darryl Coakley is suspended and eight others are carrying injuries.
“We have a terrible injury list at the moment, but it’s a chance for our academy youngsters to step up,” said Morlsey, who is considering starting Adam Mills, Brendon Heath and Sam Thrower, among others, tomorrow.
Right-back Ollie Brown (groin) could miss the rest of the season and top-scorer Sam Newson is not expected back until the end of January, while captain Sheridan Driver (dead leg) is ruled out of the home game against 16th-placed Burnham.
Sam Nunn, Ian Westlake, Ryan Melaugh and Jamie Guy are all carrying hamstring injuries — the latter is the only with a chance of being in the squad — and Ryan Charles made it a round 10 possible absentees when he was carried off with a back injury at Waltham Forest on Tuesday night.
Lee Townrow, Crisp, Kemal Izzet and Mills netted in a 4-0 win for Needham.
One player who will be available though is Russell Malton, who has boosted Morsley’s attacking options after signing from Heybridge Swifts.