Needham Market goalkeeper hails side’s quality at both ends of pitch

Luke Ingram has been in good form for Needham Market

Luke Ingram has been in good form for Needham Market - Credit: Mecha Morton

Needham Market goalkeeper Danny Gay has hailed his side’s quality at both ends of the pitch, as the possibility of finishing in the Ryman Premier play-offs becomes more realistic every passing week.

The third-placed Marketmen travel to Enfield Town in sixth today, knowing that a win could put them joint-top of the division.

Leaders Bognor Regis are without a game, due to Leiston’s particiaption in the FA Trophy, while second-placed Havant & Waterlooville – a point ahead of Market – are at Merstham.

Needham have won their last two games, against Grays and Leatherhead, makeshift striker Luke Ingram scoring in both games, along with Callum Harrison and Joe Whight – the latter scoring a match-winnign free-kick against Leatherhead on Saturday.

“We have had a few blips, against Harlow, Leiston and Merstham, but take those games away where we conceded 12 goals, we’ve probably only let in 18 or 19 all season,” said Gay. “We have been tight defensively and have matchwinners in John Sands, Reece Dobson, Luke Ingram and Jack Curtis that are match-winners.

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“Then there is Joe Whight who bends a fantastic free-kick in against Leatherhead.”

Needham are on 39 points, six points adrift of the leaders.

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Gay said: “Richard Wilkins (Needham assistant) hit the nail on the head when he said we’ll be safe when we get to 45 points.

“That’s six more points and if we win our two games in hand over Dulwich (in fourth) a bit of a gap will start to emerge.

“If we get to 45 points in the next two or three games, we won’t be able to shy from the fact that the play-offs will be a strong possibility.”

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