Needham Market welcome back Callum Harrison for Havant & Waterloovile clash

Mark Morsley

Mark Morsley - Credit: Archant

Needham Market manager Mark Morsley is targeting four wins from the Marketmen’s last six matches, to ensure the Bloomfields club’s Ryman Premier play-off place.

On the back of two league defeats, third-placed Needham host second-top Havant & Waterlooville tomorrow in a massive game at the top.

The visitors will be looking for a victory that could potentially see them overtake leaders Bognor Regis, while Needham need maximum points to ensure they finish in the top-five.

Morsley’s men are 12 points behind today’s visitors and have a four-point cushion over sixth-placed Wingate & Finchley, who are outside the play-off spots by just two points.

“There is no pressure on the players to get into the play-offs, but having been in the top-five all season, it would be a shame to not get there now,” said Morsley, who has re-signed Colchester United midfielder Callum Harrison, until the end of the season.

“If we don’t get there we will still have had a great season but we need four wins from the last six to guarantee our spot, the two games, against Havant, and Billericay on the final day of the season, being particularly big ones.”

Billericay, in ninth place, have been making headlines recently, bringing in former England international Paul Konchesky, ex-Spurs man Jamie O’Hara, Leiston’s Byron Lawrence, and having had a substantial offer to another Leiston man, Matt Blake, turned down by the player.

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While they have been active in the transfer market in a last-ditch attempt to gatecrash the top-five, Morsley, who will be without young defender Jake Dye (thigh) today, hasn’t been quite as successful.

“We have been trying desperately to get players in and I spoke to Mick McCarthy who recommended a couple of his under-23s at Ipswich, but then they both got injured,” explained Morsley, who will be without non-contract midfielder Cameron Norman today, the player having gone on trial with a foreign team.

“There was another lad from Colchester that was set to come in but he had to stay as they have a huge injury crisis, and we were looking at bringing in a lad from Chelmsford.

“Nothing is going to happen and it’s just one of those things.”

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