First three-game week for Needham Market as former striker Jamie Guy returns to Bloomfields for new club Heybridge Swifts tonight to try and haunt his old club

Jamie Guy (pictured playing for Needham in red) will be looking to score against his former club ton

Jamie Guy (pictured playing for Needham in red) will be looking to score against his former club tonight - Credit: Archant

It’s a big week for Needham Market as the Ryman North side have three big games in less than a week, starting at home to fellow play-off chasers Heybridge Swifts this evening, kick-off 7.45pm.

The Marketmen haven’t played a home game since December 14 but Mark Morsley’s men will finally end this unwanted run with two home games in five days, sandwiched between a trip to high-flyers VCD Athletic.

“It’s a big week for us,” confessed Morsley.

“Three games in a week will be tough for us but we’ll just have to get on with it.

“The league aren’t going to help us out so we’ll have to help ourselves out and try and get as many points as we can.”


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Tonight is a game of exceptional interest as it sees former Needham Market striker Jamie Guy return to Bloomfields.

Guy transferred to Heybridge in early January after falling out of favour at Needham, despite scoring a few goals for the Marketmen.

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“It’ll be an interesting one having Jamie back,” said Morsley.

“You know what happens when player go back to their old clubs – he’s bound to score!

“It’s just one of those things and I’m sure him and Dave Wareham (who Morsley also let go earlier in the season) will both be up for it and put shifts in.

“We’ve got a strong and experienced pair of centre-halves in Chris Hogg and Ollie Fenn though and they won’t be fazed.”

Needham came from behind to beat Brentwood Town 3-1 on Saturday and Morsley was overall very pleased with his side’s performance.

“We looked like we hadn’t played for a month early on – which we hadn’t, and I actually think going 1-0 down gave us the kick up the backside we needed,” declared Morsley.

Second-half goals from Luke Ingram, Ian Westlake and debutant David Cowley gained Needham a crucial three points with Morsley particularly pleased with debut-making Cowley.

“Dave made a real difference when he came on,” said Morsley.

“Along with Kieran Morphew, I brought him on 10 minutes into the second half and they linked up really well.

“Kieran likes to get forward and Dave finished his goal really well.

“He’s a very good player technically, and I was happy with him – as I was with fellow new-boy Ryan Crisp.

“I’ll repeat that Crispy is an individual that needs to be given a bit of belief and I think he can do that here.

“With all the young guys he has around him here, he feels ‘at home’ so to speak and he can make a real impact for us.”

Following tonight’s encounter, the Suffolk side travel to VCD on Thursday evening before hosting sixth-placed Thurrock on Saturday.

It is certainly a big week for the Marketmen and how they get on might just determine their final standings at the end of the season, as they continue to hunt down the play-off places.

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