Witham assistant boss pleased with another solid defensive display (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Witham assistant boss pleased with another solid defensive display
Witham Town assistant boss Brad King felt Needham Market would have been happier than their hosts with the point they earned from their 0-0 draw at the Village Glass Stadium.
It was a case of the Ryman One North’s two most miserly defences cancelling each other out as the pair both maintained their unbeaten records so far this season.
King said: “We always knew it was going to be a tough game because of the way (Needham Market manager) Mark Moresley sets his teams up.
“We knew they would be strong and well-organised and that proved to be the case really.
“If you look at their record, they don’t concede many but they haven’t scored many.
“That shows they are very strong defensively and have nicked the odd goal and that’s why they are unbeaten as well.
“I knew there wouldn’t be too many clear-cut opportunities because we are strong at the back as well and I thought it was a fair game.
“Chance-wise, probably we had the better ones throughout the game but it’s not a bad result.
“Not many teams are going to be picking up full points against Needham Market this year.
“They will do well – like ourselves hopefully – and I was impressed with both sides.
“It’s another clean sheet for us and that’s five out of the last six games now.
“If we can keep doing that and nicking goals at the other end then it’ll stand us in good stead.
“Overall we were happy with them because they worked hard.
“A draw was a fair result, but we knew before that it would be a very close game.
“We are strong and well-organised defensively and Mark’s (Needham manager Mark Moresley) teams are always set up that way too.
“They have players in their side who can be match winners so it was important that we didn’t give them any space at the back.
“We did that well and I think our keeper (Danny Sambridge) only had one save to make in the first half.
“That was it really, so they didn’t cause us too many problems going forward, but I think they were quite happy to come to us and go away with a point.
“I’d certainly say they were more happy with a point than us, but it’s another point and, at the start of the season, had someone given us the chance to be where we are now after seven games, we’d have bitten their hand off.”
Witham now have an FA Cup first qualifying round tie against Mildenhall Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
That game at the Village Glass Stadium will be covered by cameras from the BT Sport television channel.
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