Armed with the new ‘Bryan Robson’, Needham Market are now ready for 31 cup finals

Needham Market's Keiran Morphew (red) with his old and traditional black boots on!

Needham Market's Keiran Morphew (red) with his old and traditional black boots on! - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

After recently exiting all cup competitions entered into this season, the quest for promotion to the Ryman Premier Division is now very much a case of full-steam ahead for Mark Morlsey’s Needham Market.

In the last two-and-a-half weeks, the Marketmen have bowed out of the Robert Dyas League Cup, the Suffolk Premier Cup, the FA Cup and the FA Trophy, but there has only been one main ambition on Morsley’s mind – the league.

“Both the FA competition defeats are disappointing, we should never have lost either of those games, but our priorities have always been the league,” declared the Needham boss, whose side travel to Aveley this afternoon.

“As far as I’m concerned, we’ve got 31 cup finals left, and if we win them, we win the league, it’s as simple as that.”

After four consecutive cup exits, Needham got back to the bread and butter of league business on Tuesday evening with an important 4-2 win over Maldon & Tiptree.


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Central midfielder Keiran Morphew is having an excellent season for the Marketmen and scored two rare goals in the win, something Morsley is challenging the 19-year-old to do more.

He said: “We changed the system a little bit Tuesday, putting Brendon Heath in the number four role (where Morphew usually plays), letting Keiran get forward more.

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“He was outstanding, and actually missed two other easier chances than the two he did score!

“He’s a fit, big, quick and powerful lad who can add that to this game and we are now trying to get that from him.

“He’s an incredible footballer with a great attitude – I’ve nicknamed him the new Bryan Robson – although we’re still trying to get him into some black Adidas boots opposed to his current yellow ones!”

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