Izzet determined to keep Needham Market in the Ryman Premier play-off picture

Kem Izzet Needham Market, left, in action

Kem Izzet Needham Market, left, in action - Credit: Archant

Needham Market captain Kem Izzet is determined to help keep the Marketmen in the Ryman Premier League play-off positions.

The Bloomfields outfit sit in fourth position before today’s trip to third-placed Tonbridge Angels, and will leapfrog their opponents if they can grab three points.

“We can’t let the season filter out at this stage,” said Izzet, who scored a sweetly-struck second equaliser for Needham in their 2-2 home draw with Bognor Regis Town last weekend.

“We’ve got to try and finish in the play-offs and see how far we can go.

“If we stay injury-free, I think we have a really good squad that can achieve that.”


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After making more than 400 league appearances for Colchester United before joining the Marketmen in 2013, central midfielder Izzet certainly has enough experience to help guide Mark Morsley’s men to a top-five finish.

“The atmosphere in the changing room is good,” continued Izzet.

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“We felt like we owed ourselves a bit of performance (against Bognor Regis where it finished 2-2) after the previous two games (a 6-0 defeat to Billericay Town and a 2-0 loss to Dulwich Hamlet).

“And I think we got one.

“On another day, we get the rub of the green and we win the game.”

Former Norwich City player, FA Youth Cup winner, Cameron Norman is likely to partner Izzet in central midfield again today after impressing against leaders, Bognor.

“I am very impressed with Cameron,” declared Izzet.

“He only trained with us on the Thursday (after arriving from National League South side Concord Rangers) before coming straight in (to the starting line-up), but he gets around the pitch, passes the ball well, and has a really good size for this league.

“He knows when he needs to take a touch, and when to turn and run, so I’m impressed with him so far.”

Izzet will also hope to replicate his 25-yard stunner last week, a shot that flew into the top corner of the goal.

“As soon as I hit it I knew it was going in,” laughed Izzet, who has scored five times this season.

“On another day, that goes 50 yards over the bar.

“But it was definitely one of the better ones I’ve scored, that’s for sure.”

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