Points cushion can help to comfort play-off hopes

MATCH WINNER: Duane Wright's solitary strike ensured all three points against Waltham Forest to keep Needham well within the playoff places
MATCH WINNER: Duane Wright's solitary strike ensured all three points against Waltham Forest to keep Needham well within the playoff places
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NEEDHAM Market manager Danny Laws is focusing soley on the ‘cushion’ between them and sixth place as he aims to cement their playoff place tomorrow away to struggling Great Wakering Rovers (3pm).

The Marketmen secured their third consecutive Ryman League Division One North win on Saturday as Duane Wright’s fifth minute header ensured all three points in a narrow 1-0 win over Waltham Forest, to maintain their advantage over sixth placed AFC Sudbury to seven points.

Needham who remain in third place, travel to Burroughs Park to take on the Essex based Rovers who sit just one place above bottom club Ware and although Laws warned his players of a tough encounter, he remained focused on ensuring his side keep hold of a top five place.

“The only statistic I’m focusing on is that we are sitting in third place and we have a cushion between us and sixth place,” he said.

“I’m only concerned about our points and the teams below us, not anxiously, but just to see what we have to play with because that is were we are aiming to be and that is the only thing I need to be worried about.

“The match with Great Wakering will be tough and competitive because they need the points being where they are in the league.

“Playing teams in the relegation zone at this stage of the season isn’t easy, because they will be up for it and I’m sure they will be ready to do battle with us.

“We know what to expect going there and we need to make sure we show them respect but at the same time we are going there to collect three points for sure.

“We have a very difficult Easter period and we need to make sure we have enough points on the board to be within those top five places.”