Sam’s ready to fire charge after ending goal drought

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NEEDHAM Market striker Sam Newson is confident he can fire the Marketmen to promotion after rediscovering his goal-scoring touch.

Despite being the club’s most prolific marksman with 22 league goals in 33 appearances, Newson had been enduring a barren run in front of goal, stretching back to November 26, where he last scored a brace in a 2-1 win over Grays Athletic.

However, the striker ended that run on Saturday, grabbing his first league goal in 140 days, scoring Needham’s second from the penalty spot in their 3-3 draw with Romford, the club’s 100th goal this campaign in Ryman League Division One North.

More than a month of that time between December and January was spent on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury against Chatham Town on December 10, and although admitting that had impacted on his lack of goals, Newson is now confident he will remain on the goal trail as he aims to fulfil his side’s promotion ambitions.

“I had been suffering a bit with a lack of goals so it was great to get back on the scoresheet and hopefully that will push me on for the remainder of the season,” he said.

“My aim now is to finish the season on a high, being injured for a while was frustrating for me and I haven’t scored many goals since coming back so hopefully I can find my scoring touch again and push on.

“I just want to keep scoring goals now and do all I can to help this club challenge for promotion through the play-offs.”

Needham missed the chance to confirm their top five place on Saturday as Romford came back from 3-1 down with a little over 10 minutes remaining to snatch a share of the spoils, leaving the Bloomfields outfit fourth, four points ahead of sixth-placed Redbridge with two games left.

However victory on Saturday away at 15th-placed Chatham Town (3pm) would secure a play-off berth and Newson has urged the squad to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointment and achieve the necessary result.

“It was disappointing to only get a point on Saturday after being 3-1 up but it kept us in the play-off places and that is the main thing,” he added.

“We just need to focus now on getting a victory in our next match and book our place in the play-offs.”