‘We need to do much better at home’ – Needham Market boss Wilkins

Joe Marsden, who came off the bench to score the winner at Coalville Town on Saturday. He has been t

Joe Marsden, who came off the bench to score the winner at Coalville Town on Saturday. He has been troubled by a recent groin injury, but should feature against Lowestoft tonight. Picture: BEN POOLEY - Credit: Archant

Needham Market manager, Richard Wilkins, wants his side to “build on” Saturday’s superb 2-1 away win at high-flying Coalville Town by improving their home form, starting with tomorrow night’s visit of Suffolk rivals Lowestoft Town (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Marketmen ended a miserable winless run in the Evo-Stik Southern League Central Premier by inflicting only a second league defeat on Coalville – they had won their other six fixtures – thanks to Reece Dobson’s opener and then substitute Joe Marsden’s 88th minute winner.

It was Needham’s first win in seven games, in all competitions, and their first league victory for two months, since their 8-1 demolition of Hitchin Town on August 14.

“It was a much-needed win on Saturday,” admitted Wilkins.

“We had lost our way a little in recent weeks, and yet we then go to a side (Coalville) who had won six out of six and beat them at their own ground!

“It was a very open game. That’s the way they play, so there were lots of chances at both ends. It’s been difficult in this new league, because it’s been something of a dumping ground with a few teams from the northern league, a few from the south and some relegated from the National League North.

“That makes it a real mixed bag, and the league has been a little more physical than I had expected, with teams playing a little more direct than in the Bostik (Isthmian) League.

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“But we now want to follow up the win at Coalville, with a good result against Lowestoft.

“We need to do much better at home. We need to turn around our home form, although the previous home match, a 5-1 defeat to AFC Rushden & Diamonds, was a very harsh scoreline on us.

”We now have a chance to turn out season around,” added Wilkins.

Referring to Saturday’s goalscorers at Coalville, Wilkins said: “Reece (Dobson) took his goal well, and worked very hard for us.

“Joe (Marsden)had been out with a groin injury, and he didn’t train last Thursday. But he came on for the last 20 minutes and had a good shot before he scored the winner.”

The Marketmen will be boosted by the return of Colchester United loanee Tariq Issa after suspension for tonight’s Suffolk derby.”

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