Wilkins admits the Marketmen still have plenty to improve on
Needham Market 2
Lowestoft Town 0
Richard Wilkins is not getting carried away with Needham Market’s flying start to the season and insists there is still plenty work to be done.
Second-half goals from John Sands and Kem Izzet helped the Marketmen to a 2-0 win against Suffolk rivals Lowestoft Town at Bloomfields on Tuesday night.
It was a third consecutive win for Mark Morsley’s men, with their latest triumph propelling them to third place in the Ryman League Premier Division table — the highest league position in the club’s 97-year history.
But assistant boss Wilkins has stressed the importance of the Marketmen keeping their feet firmly on the ground ahead of hosting newly-promoted Worthing tomorrow (3pm).
“We’re not getting carried away because at the end of the day, was it a fortunate win on Saturday? (1-0 at Wingate and Finchley). You’d probably say we deserved at least point,” Wilkins said.
“Tonight (against Lowestoft) they were better in the first half and we were better in the second half, so at the moment we’re getting a little bit of the rub of the green.
“And while it’s great, we’ve got to play better than what we did in the first half.
“I look at teams above us and around us and I think there’s a few of them who look to me like they’re better than we are.
“We’ve been starting games slowly a little bit, almost as if we are tentative that we’re third in the league.
“Rather than going out there with confidence, there’s slight trepidation where the players don’t want to make a mistake.
“But at the moment we are where we are because there’s a fair few tight games where we’ve managed to nick it.
“The players need to realise we need to play better and need to have more of a complete 90-minute performance, rather than the 45-minute performance we had tonight.”
After a first half which saw Needham goalkeeper Danny Gay called into action several times to thwart the visitors, the Marketmen produced an inspired second-half performance to take all three points on Tuesday night.
Sands, who scored the winner at Wingate and Finchley at the weekend, broke the deadlock on 65 minutes.
Izzet then wrapped up the points from the penalty spot five minutes from time, with the club captain likely to be handed his first start since returning from injury when Needham host Mildenhall Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Needham Market: Gay, Dye, Coakley, Holland, Miller (c), Whight, Ingram, Curtis (Izzet 53), Brothers (Osei 59), Sands (Booth 89), Dobson. Booked: Ingram. Att: 319