Needham will be left with no lasting effects

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Needham Market manager Mark Morsley believes there will be no lasting headaches from missing out on promotion as he looks forward to a break over the summer.

The dust has started to settle on a topsy-turvy campaign that culminated in the Marketmen suffering Ryman League Division One North play-off heartache following a semi-final defeat to Witham Town.

That match was clouded in controversy, following their opponents’ inclusion of on-loan Needham player Lee Townrow despite a gentlemen’s agreement he wouldn’t play.

Although still feeling aggrieved by the situation, the manager is confident it will leave no lasting damage on his side as he puts plans in place for next season.

“The only thing that annoyed me is that way that Witham conducted themselves and I still can’t get my head around what they did,” he said. “However, it will have no lasting damage on my squad and if anything it will make us stronger as a group.

“I have already looked 
to next season and, with the bulk of our squad remaining, we will have a stronger base to pick up from.

“I need to review the season, but there is no need for a massive clear out and I already know who I want to keep.

“I’m already excited about next year because I have no need to do any massive recruitment. That hasn’t been the case in previous years and so I’m going to quite enjoy the break and have some time to myself.”