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Newson is determined to avoid play-off misery

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Needham Market, winners of their last seven Ryman League Division One North matches, travel to Heybridge Swifts tomorrow (3pm) bidding to extend that run.

The Marketmen lead the division with six games left, with Harlow Town, five points behind, the only threat to their title hopes.

A play-off spot is already guaranteed, but striker Sam Newson is looking for the club to go up as champions.

“I’ve had enough of play-offs in my five years here,” he said. “I’d like to miss out on them and go straight up.

“We have a difficult run-in, but as long as we play our own game, we should get results.

“We want to keep the run going. And if we can get through Easter with good performances and results, we should do it.”

Needham travel to Wroxham on Easter Saturday, and are home to Dereham Town on Easter Monday, both opponents chasing play-off spots.

“We are on a good run, keeping clean sheets and starting well. Our second half performances are not as good, but we are getting the results,” said Newson.

“In the last six games I would take 0-0 each time with a 95th-minute winner. The fans might not like it, but if it guarantees promotion they probably wouldn’t complain.”

At Heybridge Needham will be looking for revenge for a 2-1 defeat at Bloomfields back in September.

The Marketmen chalked up their seventh straight league win, beating mid-table Waltham Abbey 2-1 at Bloomfields on Saturday, with Newson getting one of the goals.

The strong wind meant it was not a classic, but the result was right for Needham. After a goalless first half, they took the lead through Newson on 52 minutes, the striker cutting in unchallenged to beat the advancing Jayden Purdue.

Newson had a big hand in the second goal, crossing from the right and defender Darren Williams heading into his own net.

Newson went off soon after, with Ryan Pelling coming on for his debut and looking promising.

Jason Hallett headed home in the 84th minute as Abbey fought back, but Needham’s defence hung on.


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