Mark Morsley has urged his Needham Market team to cut out the ‘silly errors’ ahead of hosting promotion favourites Hendon tomorrow (3pm).
The Marketmen’s boss is adamant his side are close to securing their maiden win in the Ryman League Premier Division, but insists his players have got to replicate their second-half performances in the first-half in order to break their duck.
“Our priority is to increase the amount of time in games we’re playing well,” Morsley said. “If we can do that, and continue to build and improve then the wins will take care of themselves.
“The club are patient and know we’re in a building process. If we can eliminate the basic errors then we’ll be alright.”
Morsley’s side were five minutes away from picking up their first three-point haul of the season on Saturday, with goals from Ollie Fenn, Sam Newson and Kem Izzet giving them a 3-2 lead away at Tonbridge Angels.
However, Nick Wheeler’s 85th-minute strike for the hosts ensured the points were shared, and left Needham with two points from their opening three games in 2015-16.
“In many ways what we need to do is play for 90 minutes how we’ve played in the second-half of our first three games,” said Morsley, who will be without injured winger Jordan Patrick (groin) tomorrow.
“We’ve steadily improved in each game. At Billericay we played better than we did against Burgess Hill, and at Tonbridge Angels we played far better than at Billericay.
“We’re getting there. I’ve been around football long enough and never thought everything was going to be ideal and there would be no problems.
“We know you can’t make mistakes. With the exception of the Burgess Hill penalty, every other goal we’ve conceded we’ve been the root cause of it.
“We’ve scored six goals in three games and have created numerous other chances, which I had thought might have been the problem for us.
“It’s been the silly errors which has meant we’ve not got the points we’ve deserved.”
Needham’s opponents this weekend narrowly missed out on promotion from the Premier Division last season after losing 1-0 to Margate in the play-off final, with Morsley admitting the North London-based outfit will be his side’s toughest test yet.
“It will be very tough,” he said. “Hendon are the pre-season favourites to win the league. They are a big, powerful side and it will be interesting to see how we compare.”
Needham are 18th ahead of back-to-back games at home, with Wingate and Finchley set to visit Bloomfields on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
n In The Suffolk Premier Cup Needham will travel to Whitton United On October 20 or 21.