Ryman Premier: Morsley would take no pleasure in confirming AFC Sudbury's relegation today

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 April 2017

Needham Market manager Mark Morsley

Needham Market manager Mark Morsley

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Needham Market boss Mark Morsley knows there is no room for sentiment today as his promotion-chasing team look to put the final nail in AFC Sudbury's coffin at the King's Marsh Stadium (3pm).

AFC Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold.AFC Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold.

The Marketmen kept their Ryman League Premier Division play-off hopes alive with a hard-fought 2-1 home victory over Harrow Borough on Saturday, while Sudbury’s relegation straight back to Division One North was all but confirmed by a narrow 1-0 defeat at Tonbridge Angels.

“I don’t want to see Sudbury go down; it’s a good club and I had a lot of great years there, but we have a job to do,” said Morsley.

“I like Jamie (Godbold) very much. There is a lot of solidarity between us managers, particularly in Suffolk because there’s a few of us who have been around for a while. It’s such a difficult job and that’s why I always bang the drum for my fellow managers.

“When you go through a tough time as a manager you need support from your club, supporters and the media. I was in that position this time last year when we were battling relegation, so I know what Jamie is going through.”

Sudbury midfielder Craig Parker, who started out at Needham, said: “Not taking our chances when being on top has been the tale of our season really.

“I had a great time at Needham before I moved to Chelmsford – it’s a great club. They were battling relegation last year, survived, kicked on and now they are pushing for the play-offs. Whatever happens, we have to look at them for inspiration.

“When we came up we only had a few players with experience at this level or higher and it has been a massive learning curve for a few of the lads, especially the younger ones.”

Just one point separates five teams battling for the remaining two play-off spots left up for grabs – Leiston, Enfield and Wingate & Finchley are all on 72, while Tonbridge and Needham are on 71. Harlow (67) and Billericay (66) just about remain in the hunt.

A blockbuster finish is in store. Needham finish the league season with a home game against Billericay on Saturday, while Leiston – who lost 4-2 at Kingstonian on Saturday – host Suffolk rivals Lowestoft today, then finish up at top-five rivals Enfield.

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