Needham to learn from Woodbridge
NEEDHAM Market manager Danny Laws is out for swift revenge over Cambridge Recreational College in the FA Vase third round tomorrow.The Suffolk side - currently third in the Ridgeons League Premier Division - suffered only their second league defeat of the season two weeks' ago when losing 4-1 at table-toppers CRC.
NEEDHAM Market manager Danny Laws is out for swift revenge over Cambridge Recreational College in the FA Vase third round tomorrow.
The Suffolk side - currently third in the Ridgeons League Premier Division - suffered only their second league defeat of the season two weeks' ago when losing 4-1 at table-toppers CRC.
Just a point separates the two in the table and Laws is hoping that his side's Vase experience - Needham having reached the semi-finals and quarter-finals in recent years - will see them through.
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He said: “It's always difficult when you are drawn against a team in your own league, but if you've aspirations of going far in the competition you have got to beat the better teams at some point.
“No one likes getting beaten 4-1 so we've now got an opportunity to make amends for that.
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“That was by far our heaviest defeat of the season so pride is at stake. We need to react and show we have got something about us.
“I think we owe a little bit to ourselves and our supporters after that result.
“They finished second in the Premier Division last year so, with Lowestoft going up, they have got to be viewed favourites to win the title this year.
“We have got enough experience in the Vase to know that anything can happen.
“It may still be early but we know that, if we win tomorrow, our intentions will be clear.”
CRC - the feeder club to Cambridge United - could become the victims of their own success tomorrow. A number of the young side could be called up to the Blue Square Premier club's squad for their trip to Chester City. One of those players, almost certainly, would be Adam Marriot - who scored a hat-trick against Needham recently.
Laws, meanwhile, will be without midfielder Angelo Harrop after he was ruled out until the New Year with a hamstring problem, while he also not risk putting striker Danny Smy in his squad.
Smy has five bookings to his name, and Laws does not want to find himself in the same situation as Woodbridge Town who were thrown out of the Vase after fielding an ineligible player against Ely in the previous round.
Ben Miller had also received five yellow cards, but there was an uncertainty when his suspension commenced as the Woodpeckers had not received official notice from Suffolk Football Association.
“I have got sympathy for Woodbridge,” said Laws. “If they hadn't received written confirmation what were they meant to do? I don't really get it to be honest.”