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Marsden is relishing his new role over at Needham Market




SETTLING IN: Summer signing Joe Marsden in action for Needham Market against Colchester United Under-23s (Picture: Ben Pooley)
SETTLING IN: Summer signing Joe Marsden in action for Needham Market against Colchester United Under-23s (Picture: Ben Pooley)

Needham Market’s summer addition Joe Marsden is looking forward to the challenge of showing what he can do in a more attacking role with his new club.

The 25-year-old, who signed from Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Central rivals Leiston, is more accustomed to having a role in the defensive line as a right-sided full-back or wing-back.

But pre-season has seen the player, who has experience of the next league up with Lowestoft Town, deployed wide in the three behind a lone striker.

Marsden was on the scoresheet in an impressive 4-2 home win over Colchester United Under-23s on Needham’s new 3G pitch on Saturday – Adam Mills, Jeremiah Kamanzi and Reece Dobson with the others – with tonight’s home game, back on the grass pitch, against ex-manager Mark Morsley’s AFC Sudbury (7.45pm), completing their warm-up games.

“If you ask most managers I have played under they will say I can play right-back, right midfield, left midfield and in the hole,” said Marsden, one of three new signings for Needham, along with his life-long friend and goalkeper Jake Jessup (Chelmsford City) and defender JJ Williams (Colchester United).

“When I was at Sudbury last season (loan) I played right-back and when I was at Wroxham a few years ago I played almost anywhere.

“Wilks (Richard Wilkins, manager) has said to me he wants me to play further forward here, which I am more than comfortable in doing.

“I am happy to play anywhere, I just want to play games and start games.”

He added: “At Leiston last year we played wing-backs and that really suited me.

“We like to get the ball down and play here, so right-back in that sort of formation (4-2-3-1) works really well, but playing out wide is something I feel really comfortable doing. With the players we have in the middle and up front here I think we can link well together.”

As one of the four players in the forward line, Norfolk-based Marsden will be expected to weigh in with both goals and assists, which is something he is more than used to doing.

“I have always prided myself on goals and assists, whether I play right-back or midfield. In the past I have done quite well with that.”

Marsden, who has just graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of East Anglia and is taking a year out ahead of a masters, revealed it was the appeal of regular first-team football which saw him make the move, where he praised the current squad for helping him quickly fit in.

l With the clubhouse for Needham Market’s new 3G pitch having only seen the walls starting to go up this week, Steve Foley’s Needham Market Reserves side will be on the road for the first five matches of the new Thurlow Nunn League First Division North campaign.

The side drawn from the club’s academy players, which finished second-from-bottom in last season’s First Division, begin their 2018/19 campaign at Wisbech St Mary tomorrow (3pm) before a trip to Ipswich Wanderers on Tuesday (7.45pm).



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