Top scorer Sam vows to get back in goal groove

BARREN SPELL: Needham Market will be looking for his first goal in almost four months against Waltham Forest tomorrow
BARREN SPELL: Needham Market will be looking for his first goal in almost four months against Waltham Forest tomorrow
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NEEDHAM Market striker Sam Newson is confident he will rediscover his goal scoring touch to help fire the Marketmen into the playoffs.

Despite being the club’s most prolific marksman with 21 league strikes in 28 appearances, Newson is enduring a barren run in front of goal, and has almost gone four months without finding the back of the net, having last scored in the 2-1 home win over Grays Athletic on November 26, grabbing a brace.

More than a month of that time between December and January was spent on the sidelines after suffering a major knee injury against Chatham Town on December 10, and although admitting that had impacted on his lack of goals, Newson, who has been happy with his contribution, is more than confident he will be back on the goalscoring trail soon.

“I am having a bit of a Fernando Torres-type situation at the moment where I can’t seem to score,” he said.

“I haven’t been fully fit due to the injury and I have had a couple of niggles since returning so it has stopped me from getting any momentum going.

“It is really frustrating because I am doing everything but scoring, but I am still confident once I hit one, they will start flowing again.

“I don’t think you lose that ability to score goals, it is just a bit of a baron spell for myself at the moment.

“Every striker goes through a lack of form at some stage and I just hope I can get over mine and get back among the goals soon.

“Despite the lack of goals, I have been pleased with my contribution for the side and doing all I can to help the club achieve their aims.

“I don’t really care who scores the goals, as long as it means the team keep getting results and keep ourselves in the play-off places.”

Needham’s quest for a play-off place continued on Saturday with a vital but narrow 3-2 win away to Potters Bar Town, their second consecutive win following the 3-1 success over Harlow Town at Bloomfields the previous week.

The current good form keeps the Marketmen in third place in the league, seven points clear of sixth-placed AFC Sudbury, who remain just outside the play-off places.

However, despite sitting in a strong position with seven games remaining, Needham’s play-off place is far from assured with Saturday’s visit of 17th placed Waltham Forest to Bloomfields tomorrow (3pm) followed by consecutive encounters in the coming weeks with second-placed Enfield Town (home) and table-toppers Leiston (away).

Newson revealed manager Danny Laws has urged his squad to focus on one match at a time, but remained confident of achieving their aim of booking a play-off berth.

“Every team talk we have at the moment is about focusing on every individual game and taking things one step at a time, because can’t get carried away,” he added.

“With a tough run in we need as many points now as possible and if we play to our ability then tomorrow is a great opportunity of doing that.

“If we can keep the winning form going it will put us in good stead to achieve our aim of a play-off place.”