Change:  
13.08.2016 at 15:00 Attendance:
NMFC
1 - 1
Burgess Hill Town
Referee: Ryman Premier League-match

Goalscorers
Jack Curtis (10)
Tyrell Richardson-Brown (84)
Opening squads
Danny Gay
Joe Whight
Keiran Morphew
Jake Dye
Sam Nunn
Ian Miller
Jack Curtis
Reece Dobson
Luke Ingram
Kem Izzet
Michael Brothers
Josh James
Joey Taylor
Leon Redwood
Dan Pearse
Sam Fisk
Will Miles
Pat Harding
Scott Kirkwood
Dan Thompson
Jack Brivio
Lee Harding
Substitutes
Nathan Munson
Darryl Coakley
Billy Clark
Billy Holland
Manny Osei
Jay Lovett
Curtis Gayler
James Richmond
Guy Bolton
Tyrell Richardson-Brown
Substitutions
Manny Osei -> Jack Curtis (69)
Darryl Coakley -> Reece Dobson (79)
Scott Kirkwood - Tyrell Richardson-Brown (64)
Joey Taylor - Curtis Gayler (71)
Dan Pearse (Guy Bolton (78)
Yellow cards
None. Joey Taylor
Dan Pearse
Jack Brivio
Red cards
None. None
Match report
For the second season running Needham Market welcomed Burgess Hill Town to Bloomfields for the opening game of the season.

On a lovely warm afternoon with Bloomfields looking in fine order a minutes silence was acknowledged by everyone in memory of one of Needhams long supporters Norman Thorpe who passed away last month.

It was an even, competitive start and the first chance fell to the hosts. Neat play from recent arrival Reece Dobson resulted in a deep cross but it evaded Michael Brothers in the box.

The Marketmen took the lead just minutes later when Luke Ingram surged into the penalty area and found Jack Curtis. He cooly slotted into the bottom corner beyond Josh James in the Burgess Hill goal. A debut goal after just 10 minutes for the Colchester loanee Curtis.

The visitors responded well after going a goal down early on. Lee Hardings shot from distance tested Danny Gay.
On 33 minutes Dan Thompson shot wide from range.

The Hillians then struck the woodwork twice in a matter of seconds. It was the crossbar and then the post which came to Needhams rescue as the half drew to an end with the hosts lead intact, albeit rather fortuitously.

Half Time: Needham Market 1-0 Burgess Hill Town

Into the second half and Michael Brothers fired over the crossbar for The Marketmen as the game opened up.

Tyrell Richardson-Brown was brought on as a substitute and it was his goal on 84 minutes which drew the sides level. An error in the Needham defence allowed him in on goal and he made no mistake scoring in the far corner. A bitter blow for Needham especially after having the lead for such a long period in the game.

Full Time: Needham Market 1-1 Burgess Hill Town

Entertainment Rating: 4/5

Match Sponsors: ALLFIX (UK) LTD selected Needhams MOTM KEIRAN MORPHEW

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