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Walsham unlucky not to pick up point from Ely clash

Trevor Newman is ‘feeling quite positive’ about Walsham-le-Willows’ recent performance, despite a 1-0 loss to a relegation-threatened side.

The fifth-placed side in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division hosted Ely City on Saturday, falling to a single goal defeat to see them suffer back-to-back losses.

But that does not tell the whole story, according to Newman, who feels his side were unlucky not to pick up at least a point from the match.

FOOTBALL - Walsham Le Willows v Ely City..Pictured: Harry Roberts (E) clears the ball....PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (8157371)
FOOTBALL - Walsham Le Willows v Ely City..Pictured: Harry Roberts (E) clears the ball....PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (8157371)

“I was feeling quite positive about it,” he said. “We didn’t start well and went a goal down really early, and then Andrew Cusack was sent off – harshly I thought – after only 15 minutes.

“So we had to play 75 minutes with only 10 men, already a goal down.

“And it galvanised us, we competed to the last and actually looked like we had the extra man at times.

“But we couldn’t find that crucial goal. The biggest disappointment over the last two games is that we haven’t scored.

“And that’s what we need to change most.”

Walsham host another relegation-battler in Long Melford this Saturday (3pm) and, while Newman is not taking the encounter lightly, is confident of overturning their two match losing streak.

“It’s an encouraging sign, how we fought back against Ely,” he said. “If we play like that on Saturday then I will be surprised if we don’t get something from it.

“Back-to-back defeats isn’t a nice feeling after how our season has gone so far and we want to turn that around.

“But it’s not just going to be given to us, there’s no massive difference between top and bottom so it’s quite simple, if we don’t play well, we will lose.”

Walsham have been looking good for a best ever league finish this season but, with mixed results in recent weeks, there is a risk of them falling down the table.

“It’s going to be close now, we’re sitting fifth with five games to go and so we’ll just give it our best shot,” he said.

“At the start of the season, we’d probably have said an eighth place finish would have been a great result, so whatever happens from here, we’ve had a good season.

“But we are still going for it, we still want that best ever finish.”

He said Cusack will be suspended for the Long Melford clash but it will see the return of several players from injury.

“We’ve been down to the bare bones of late,” Newman added.

“The young players have done brilliantly, but we have missed the experience.”

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