Marketmen must rediscover killer instinct

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Needham Market assistant manager Neil Reader has urged his misfiring squad to find their aim ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Waltham Abbey.

The Marketmen welcome the Abbotts to Bloomfields (3pm) on a difficult run of form, having gone six games in all competitions without a victory, including Tuesday night’s elimination in the Suffolk Premier Cup First Round, following a 2-1 defeat at Hadleigh United.

Needham were left to rue a host of missed opportunities after Duane Wright’s headed opener, before succumbing to defeat, an issue Reader feels must be eradicated quickly if their fortunes are to improve.

“On the whole the team have been playing well but we are just not taking our chances to get that elusive second goal and kill games off,” he said.

“There seems to be a confidence issue in front of goal at the moment, not just with the strikers, but among the whole squad.

“That needs to change quickly because we need to get to back into positions to be winning matches.”

Needham, who also entertain Ware in the Ryman League Cup Second Round on Tuesday (7.45pm), could be without Nathan Clarke and Wright for tomorrow’s encounter with the pair set to face fitness tests.

Reader is well aware both matches will be even affairs but is hopeful victory in both will kick-start the club’s floundering season.

“Both games will be difficult matches for us and I think it will come down to who shows that extra class to edge it.

“Victory tomorrow and hopefully again on Tuesday, should give the players some confidence back to get on form.”