Woodbridge Town FC staged The Patrons Cup Final fixture against Greater London side Barkingside.
On a chilly morning it took the boys a while to warm-up with passes going astray and the boys having difficulty controlling things on the hard, bobbly pitch. Just as the game was settling down for Needham, Barkingside made the first breakthrough. From a corner the ball was cleared, only to drop to a Barkingside player who played the ball back into the box with an unmarked Barkingside player sending a looping header over Lewis.
Aaron O was starting to cause a lot of problems down the left, and it was from his run and cross that Needham got back into the game, with Alex finishing well with a first time shot.
The equalising goal settled Needham and it wasn’t long before the boys went ahead. Alex was this time the supplier, sending the ball through the middle for Alfie to run into and slip underneath the advancing keeper.
Half Time: Needham Market 2-1 Barkingside
At halftime it looked like the game could go either way with both teams looking threatening going forward, but Needham made the early initiative. Quick thinking from Alfie sent Alex through from a throw-in, with Alex lifting the ball over the keeper.
Before Barkingside had the opportunity to compose themselves, Needham took the game away from them by adding a fourth. Alfie again with the assist for Alex, who finished nicely into the corner of the net to complete his hat trick.
With Barkingside now desperate to get something out of the game, Ed took advantage of big holes left at the back to breakaway and add a fifth.
The boys naturally tended to sit back now and invite pressure. Barkingside scored two late goals to make the score line look respectable. Their second goal of the game a great long range effort and the third from a free kick with the Needham boys appealing for offside. Inbetween the two goals, Barkingside went down to 10 men with the No2 getting a second yellow for kicking out.
Full Time: Needham Market 5-3 Barkingside
A great Cup Final win for the Needham Market boys, hopefully the first of many. Once again the score could have been more, but what a great occasion. Alex scored a cracking hat trick and all the boys worked really hard when Barkingside got their passing game going.
Updated 17:03 - 14 Apr 2019 by MARK EASLEA