Needham Market travel to Harrow Borough in a game they must not lose

Mark Morsley

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Needham Market manager Mark Morsley will hand teenage loan striker James Akintunde another chance to impress today, when the west Suffolk side travel to Harrow Borough in a relegation six-pointer.

Akintunde has yet to score in three appearances for the Marketmen since signing on-loan from League Two outfit Cambridge United, but will be expected to help lead the line today in a game Needham can’t afford to lose.

Morsley’s side are five points clear of the drop zone, but Brentwood Town, in the last relegation spot, have four games in hand.

Immediately above Needham and four points better off are Harrow Borough who belied their lowly position in the Ryman Premier table on Wednesday when they were unfortunate to leave play-off chasing Leiston empty-handed, losing 2-0.

Harrow hit the post twice and were thwarted by home goalkeeper, former Braintree Town and Lowestoft Town man, Ashlee Jones on several occasions.

Today, Needham will look to secure a rare victory and Morsley is pretty much at full strength in terms of his squad selection.

“The only injured player is Ian Miller, who should be fit for next week, while Keiran Morphew and Joe Whight are fit, so I have got an almost fully-fit squad,” said Morsley.

“We have not been in this position for a few weeks now and I played a young team in the Suffolk Premier Cup defeat to Leiston, in order to protect a few first-team players.

“James (Akintunde) was on the bench for the (1-0) defeat to Staines in midweek and he will start on Saturday.

“He is highly-regarded at Cambridge, has been on-loan at Brackley, and needs some exposure at our level.

“We possibly needed another striker and he has done OK so far, it’s just been a case of him getting up to speed at this level.”

One player who will not feature today is new Spanish signing, Guillem Cannaro, with Morsley adding: “He (Cannaro) has done some training with us and was playing for the reserves on Friday (last night).

“We have not been in a position to test him at first-team level, but the coaching staff are quite happy with what they have seen so far.”

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