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Needham Market boss looks ahead to St Ives and Leiston clashes

Dan Morphew, back for Needham on Saturday. Photo: BEN POOLEY

Dan Morphew, back for Needham on Saturday. Photo: BEN POOLEY

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Needham Market head into the weekend looking to get back to winning ways... With a bit more patience required.

So says Marketmen boss Richard Wilkins who watched his side lose their first Southern League Central Premier Division clash of the season on Saturday – 0-2 to Barwell.

After two terrific opening league victories, 4-0 against Bedworth and 8-1 against Hitchin, it was ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’ for Wilkins’ side against an organised Barwell.

“I think it is safe to say we could have done with a game on Tuesday this week after the Barwell match,” Wilkins said.

“We were disjointed and we need to be better.

“It was all rather strange. Whereas in the first two games everything we did went right for us, against Barwell everything we did went wrong.

“A cross went into the near post and our strikers were at the back post, that sort of thing.

“But we’ve made a decent start, we just need a bit of patience.

“You are not going to win 8-1 or 4-0 each week, so we don’t need to chase and we were perhaps guilty of that last week.”

Needham travel to St Ives this weekend and then entertain near-neighbours Leiston on Bank Holiday Monday in what is sure to be an exciting Suffolk derby.

Two big games for Needham.

“St Ives and Leiston have both started well and like us are on six points,” Wilkins said.

“Neither game will be easy and it is difficult to tell how it is going to pan out. The league is a mixture of clubs from different divisions. I must admit I don’t know much about many of the teams we face.”

JJ Wilson is out of action with a knee injury sustained against Barwell, but Wilkins has Dan Morphew back after he missed last weekend.

“Losing JJ is not good news for us and I could do with getting someone else in the building,” Wilkins said.

Meanwhile, Woodbridge and Hadleigh go head to head in the FA Cup this weekend at Notcutts Park. The ‘Peckers beat Clapton in the last round on penalties.

Ipswich Town produced a second-half turnaround as they battled back to secure a 1-1 draw against Brentford on the night the club paid tribute to the late Kevin Beattie.

Ipswich Town take on Brentford this evening as they search for their first victory under manager Paul Hurst (7.45pm).

Ipswich Town’s players, staff, fans and legends paid an emotional tribute to the late, great, Kevin Beattie prior to kick-off of this evening’s clash with Brentford.

Paul Hurst is not hiding from the fact he could face the sack if his winless start to life as Ipswich Town manager goes on much longer.

Paul Hurst knows his Ipswich Town side will need to put in a special performance on what is sure to be an emotional evening at Portman Road, as everyone connected with Ipswich Town remembers the great Kevin Beattie.

Ipswich Town fan Nigel Beckman has written a poem in tribute to the late, great Kevin Beattie.

We take a look at what happened on this day at Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst says his players can’t be scared of Brentford tonight.

Paul Hurst has hailed the Ipswich Town supporters as the ‘best I have managed in front of’.

Andre Dozzell and Idris El Mizouni were on target as Ipswich Town’s Under 23s beat Watford 2-0 this afternoon.

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