Needham Market boss wants Luton Town away in FA Cup

Needham Market manager Mark Morsley

Needham Market manager Mark Morsley - Credit: James Ager

Needham Market manager Mark Morsley has put non-league giants Luton Town at the top of his FA Cup wishlist, ahead of the Fourth Qualifying Round draw today.

The Marketmen booked their spot and earned £7,500 following Saturday’s 2-1 victory over AFC Sudbury at Bloomfields and Morsley heaped praise on his young team.

However, he now hopes they receive a stern examination, against the Hatters or another team with Football League pedigree, in the next round.

“I want a tough away game,” said Morsley, whose side will pick up a cool £12,500 in prize money should they progress into the First Round Proper.

“I want to be able to say to the players, ‘we are here (in the football pyramid) and they (Luton) are there’.

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“I am sure the chairman would like a home game but I want a test, although there is no such thing as an easy game in the Fourth Qualifying Round.

“Who I would like? I would say Luton away. It would be a great experience and you never know what could happen.”

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Second half goals from Luke Ingram and Ian Westlake booked Needham’s place in the draw, which will also include Skrill League sides Braintree Town and Chelmsford City, striker Sam Newson setting both goals up.

“The likes of Kem Izzet and Ian Westlake are massive for us, but so is the belief of the young lads and I am proud of them,” said Morsley, who saw Jamie Forshaw grab a late Sudbury consolation from the spot.

“Kieran Morphew is 19 and won the man of the match playing the centre of midfield today, he always wanted the ball.

“As for Sam (Newson), e gets goals, works his socks off and he is a great lad.

“He is only 23 too, so he has one or two bits to work on, but he was part of a great all-round performance from my team in the second half.”

Morsley also reserved praise for goalkeeper James Shea, the 22-year-old former Arsenal stopper who made his one and only appearance for Market on Saturday.

The Londoner will now depart to seek pastures new as he attempts to return to professional football following his release by the Gunners in the summer.

“He pulled off one save in the second half and if he gets himself a club on the back of this game, he deserves it because he has worked hard,” Morsley added.

Defeat was tough on Sudbury who, despite being without four key players, were right in the tie until the last whistle.

“We had one attacking option on the bench and (left-winger) Dave Cowley has been suffering with flu all week and could not run anymore after an hour,” said boss David Batch.

Two pages of action and reaction in today’s EADT and Ipswich Star

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