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League is the priority for Needham as they aim to keep up their flying start



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Richard Wilkins insists that the league will take priority for Needham Market as they look to maintain their place at the top end of the table.

The Marketmen put their name in the hat for the quarter-final draw of the Suffolk Premier Cup after a comfortable 2-0 win against Mildenhall Town on Tuesday night.

First-half substitute Reece Dobson broke the deadlock with an excellent solo goal just before the break, while Billy Holland headed home from a corner late in the second half to seal Needham’s fifth win in a row in all competitions.

But the Marketmen’s assistant manager Wilkins has his eye firmly on the league, with Needham (fourth) returning to Ryman League Premier Division action with trips to Burgess Hill Town tomorrow (3pm) and Canvey Island on Tuesday (7.45pm).

“We find ourselves in a great position in the league and I think that takes priority,” Wilkins said.

“But hopefully we can have a run in the cup as well. We certainly don’t devalue it.

“You want to be involved in everything you can. It’s one of them cups where you play one or two rounds and all of a sudden you’re in the semi-finals.

“I thought we played well. We created an awful lot chances and I thought we should have won by an awful lot more, but their keeper has done well.”

Needham made several alterations to the side which started in the 2-1 win against Worthing on Saturday, with Ollie Fenn and Sam Nunn both making their first starts since returning from injury.

The pair both came through Tuesday night’s game unscathed, but Mark Morsley’s side did have to finish the first-round tie with 10 men due to injuries picked up by Emmanuel Osei, Darryl Coakley and Luke Ingram.

n Needham have boosted their ranks with the singing of midfielder Ollie Snaith from Newmarkt Town.

n Needham Market’s Will Crisell and Kieran Turner, Bury Town’s Ryan Yallop, and Ryan Gibbs, of Walsham-le-Willows, have been named in the Suffolk Under-18s 20-man squad for their upcoming matches against Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.


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