Needham are mentally tough enough to seal championship

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Needham Market manager Mark Morsley is confident his side have the mental strength to fulfil their championship aspirations ahead of season finale decider at Chatham Town tomorrow (3pm).

The Marketmen were left reeling on Saturday as they were three minutes from being crowned Ryman League Division One North champions but ultimately threw away a two-goal advantage, as nearest rivals Harlow Town snatched a dramatic draw.

That sent the title race down to the final weekend with Harlow sitting just a point adrift of Needham, with Harlow hosting Thamesmead Town tomorrow.

“We were minutes from being champions and that is hugely disappointing,” conceded Morsley.

“But we didn’t lose and everything is still in our hands. We go to Chatham on Saturday and have another go.

“We have to move on and we just need to regroup and go down to Chatham fully focused on getting the job done.

“We can’t afford to let the last result bother us too much because it will affect us.

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“We should beat Chatham. We need to go there, be solid, do a professional job and not be concerned about what Harlow have done.

“It won’t matter if we win and that is the mentality we need to have.

“Chatham will want to spoil the party but we have to be able to deal with that and get the result we need.”