Striker search begins to aid misfiring Marketmen

HUGE LOSS: Sam Newson's (right) injury lay-off has had a major impact
HUGE LOSS: Sam Newson's (right) injury lay-off has had a major impact
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Needham Market manager Mark Morsley has conceded he is looking to sign a striker as concerns mount over his misfiring Marketmen.

Ahead of a trip to Cheshunt tomorrow (3pm), the Bloomfields-based outfit find themselves on a five-match winless sequence, with Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Harlow Town resulting in a fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions.

The loss of leading scorer Sam Newson, who is expected to remain out for a further six weeks and the lack of fitness of fellow striker Jamie Guy have hampered Needham with the manager conceding it is a situation he has already begun to look to rectify.

“Losing four on the spin is particularly poor and the last defeat was very disappointing because it was a game we should have won,” he said. “I don’t like using excuses and I know everyone has injuries but losing Sam and not having Jamie fully fit has really hit us hard.

“It is an area that has become a concern and with Sam possibly out for another six weeks we need to look at bringing someone else in.

“Whether that be on loan or permanently will depend on the individual, but I need to do something.

“It is not easy trying to get someone in at this stage of the season, but I have close ties with Ipswich Town and Colchester United so maybe there could be a possibility there.”

Despite their form, 12th-placed Needham only remain four points adrift of the Ryman League Division One North play-off places having played three fewer games than Redbridge.

However, Morsley, whose side also face a trip to high-flying Thurrock on Tuesday (7.45pm) is fully aware of the ramifications of the current poor run continuing.

“We have a really tough November period and we need to get out of this rut as quickly as possible, this month is crucial for our season,” he added. “In the next six games, if we don’t pick up too many points it will put some real pressure on us to be able to get into the play-off places.

“We could find ourselves cut adrift and ideally we want to be around the top eight by Christmas time.”