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East Harling manager eager to see more goals from his side

East Harling manager Stacey Lawrence has urged his players to start converting their chances.

Despite creating a number of clear-cut opportunities, Lawrence’s men had to settle for a 1-1 draw from Saturday’s Anglian Combination Division One clash with visiting Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves.

It was a result that has left East Harling fourth in the early season table, having collected seven points from the first 12 on offer.

Stacey Lawrence addresses his East Harling players. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Stacey Lawrence addresses his East Harling players. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“When I looked at our first four fixtures I would have been happy with seven points, over the moon with nine and 12 felt unimaginable,” said Lawrence.

“But when you look at our performances, we probably could have picked up more.

“We are not playing badly and I cannot fault the effort or the chances we are creating, but we have got to be more ruthless in front of goal.

“We can’t keep needing 10 or 15 chances to score one goal because against the best sides in the league you may only get one or two.

“It’s in those nitty gritty games that we need to make it count because like all clubs, we want to be up there challenging this season.

“We were seventh last year and have improved the squad, so that is the aim.”

The Greens now have back-to-back home games, starting tomorrow with the visit of Wymondham (2.30pm), followed by a match-up against leaders Heacham seven days later.

“Heacham have hit the ground running and everyone knows the quality Wymondham have got,” added Lawrence.

“We are five points adrift of Heacham at the moment but are right in the mix with the other teams and that is where we want to be.

“We cannot afford to lose both games though because all of a sudden the gap could be 10 or more and even at this stage of the season that is tough to make up.

“They are tough games, but I’d like to think they are games for them as well.”

A number of players are set to miss the Wymondham game through injury, but recent arrival Hayden Pain (knee) could feature.

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