Needham Market boss hoping for more magic from Luke Ingram as Enfield Town visit Bloomfields

Luke Ingram has been in fine form for Needham Market.

Luke Ingram has been in fine form for Needham Market. - Credit: Archant

Mark Morsley will be hoping for more of the same from in-form forward, Luke Ingram, when Needham Market host seventh-placed Enfield Town tomorrow.

Ingram grabbed a late equaliser against Merstham in midweek, which came hot on the heels of a superb individual performance in the 4-3 win at Tonbridge Angels three days earlier.

Ingram is the current joint-top scorer at Needham this season, along with Reece Dobson, despite not always playing in a central striking role and caused several problems for the opposition in last weekend’s victory against the 10-man Angels.

“Luke was unplayable in the second half and put in one of the greatest non-league performances I have ever seen,” enthused Morsley, with reference to the win at Tonbridge.

“He played right-wing and absolutely destroyed their full-back, made John Sands’ goal, scored one himself and got their guy sent-off.

“He was on fire.”

On Tuesday night, Ingram, along with his team-mates, found it tough going at times against Merstham, who took the lead with a fortuitious first-half goal, Omar Folkes charging down Sam Nunn’s clearance, before beating Danny Gay.

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However, after a dire first half in which they created little, Needham played far better in the second period and should have won the game, John Sands missing three decent chances to seal the three points, and Dobson hitting the woodwork.

“It was two points dropped against Merstham, definitely,” added Morsley, whose side are well placed for a play-off spot, in third position, five points behind leaders Bognor Regis, who visit Leiston today.

“They were not the same team that we played earlier in the season, they had one or two players playing that haven’t featured much this season, and it was an opportunity to win a game of football.

“But there are no gimmes in this league, as we saw with Hendon beating Billericay on Tuesday night.

“The positives were we made chances and put in a better second half performance.

“We have got to try and mirror that from the start against Enfield, rather than waiting until half-time to get ourselves going.”

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