Unbeaten home run is the goal

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DANNY Laws has called on his Needham Market players and their fans to use fortress Bloomfields to help carry them to successive promotions.

The Marketmen play their last league game at home to Harlow Town tomorrow (3pm) ahead of a one-legged play-off semi-final, also at Bloomfields, on Tuesday.

But a win tomorrow, against a side they could then face in either the semi or final at home would ensure they go a whole league season unbeaten on their own turf.

Laws says the promotion cards are now stacked in their favour, and it’s time for the Needham faithful to bring the house down.

“I had a talk with my players after the East Thurrock game and the bottom line is this – you can talk about momentum, form or anything you like, Needham Market are playing at home and that is an advantage, in any football match, that is an advantage,” he said. “You see how good we were Saturday (4-2 at home to Waltham Abbey) and under-par Monday (at Sudbury).

“Us playing at home is a huge, huge advantage. People call it a lottery but I’ll have a gamble on that lottery.”

Laws will have defender Pip Boyland back from suspension in time for Tuesday night, where Needham could face Harlow, Brentwood or Wingate & Finchley.

Influential midfielder Bradley Barber (thigh) and defender Lewis Pemberton (ankle) are unlikely to be risked until Tuesday.

Christy Finch and Dave Cannon are likely to feature against Harlow.