Needham can expect no sympathy

NEEDHAM Market can not expect any sympathy from Grantham Town when they meet Unibond League side in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup at Bloomfields on Tuesday.

By Elvin King

NEEDHAM Market can not expect any sympathy from Grantham Town when they meet Unibond League side in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup at Bloomfields tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

The unbeaten Ridgeons League, Premier Division side was leading 1-0 in last Tuesday's replay when the floodlights failed after 75 minutes.

The referee abandoned the game - and the two teams meet again tonight with the winners travelling to Blue Square North Hinckley United in the next round on Saturday.


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There was a certain amount of friction between Needham and Grantham following last week's events, and the visitors will be looking to make the most of their good fortune.

Needham manager Danny Laws was disappointed with some of the comments made by Grantham officials and players.

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He said: “Our lights are the best in the Ridgeons League. But when comments like, 'it's even too dark to train' and 'if anyone gets injured in this light we will sue', were very disappointing to say the least”.

Laws is in confident mood adding: “We need to make sure we finish them off this time. We have taken the lead in both matches having drawn 1-1 at their place. I see no reason why we can't go through to the next round.”

Laws has a full squad available. If tonight's match finishes level there will extra-time and penalties.

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