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Parson Drove face off against Needham Market Reserves in a crunch six-pointer after a morale-boosting draw with Harleston Town

Parson Drove are set for a crunch Thurlow Nunn First Division North fixture that could see them push away from the bottom of the table.

This Saturday, Drove will host a Needham Market Reserves side that are three points below them in the standings having played the same number of games.

Buoyed by a morale-boosting draw with table-toppers Harleston Town last weekend, joint-boss Robbie Harris is under no illusions regarding the importance of this match.

Parson Drove joint-bosses Gary Haime and Robbie Harris are preparing for a crunch fixture at the weekend.
Parson Drove joint-bosses Gary Haime and Robbie Harris are preparing for a crunch fixture at the weekend.

"It's a massive game for us on Saturday," he told The Citizen.

"It's probably the first game in a few weeks that we go into as favourites, when I suppose two of the last three games have gone in our favour when being the underdogs.

"Now we're the ones that are probably expected to take the game to the opposition, so it's a different type of game.

"We'll sit down and work out what tactics we're going to use on Saturday, and hopefully that will come to fruition and we'll start pulling away from the bottom few teams down there."

Harris doesn't believe the change in status will have too much of an impact on his players, who he says are simply enjoying their football at the minute.

"I don't think it matters who we're playing at the moment of time, they're going out for each other - which is really pleasing to see," he said.

"They're not playing the opposition, they're just playing the game of football. And if we play to our potential, then we'll get good results.

"With no disrespect to Needham, they're not going to be as good as Harleston were on Saturday. So it's a game that, if we play to our full potential in, I'm fully expecting three points from.

"It's a game of football at the end of the day, so they could surprise us just lie we've surprised some teams recently."

Drove picked up a vital point last Saturday when they battled to a 0-0 draw away to Harleston, and Harris believed his side could have taken even more.

"It's really strange to say, but I'm disappointed not to have taken all three points," he said.

"We played really, really well. It was definitely our best performance of the season.

"We had the better chances, we had a stonewall penalty turned down and overall we thought we deserved the three points."

Harris has spoken in recent weeks regarding his satisfaction at seeing training ground work manifest itself on the park, and he believes this was another prime example of just that.

"The way we pressed, we made it very difficult for them to get the ball down and play," he said.

"I wouldn't say we controlled the game, but we controlled the tempo of the game - which really worked in our favour."

Parson Drove vs Harleston Town: Blackman, Brown Calvert, Davey, Drew, Gear, Hardwick, Jackson, Lennon, Lewis, Watson (Subs: Harris, Watson)

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