08.10.2016 at 15:00 Attendance: 110
Wingate & Finchley
0 - 1
Referee: Tim Donnellan Ryman Premier League-match

None John Sands (52)
Opening squads
Shane Gore
Ola Williams
Ryan Sellers
Claudio Vilcu
Sean Cronin
Ahmet Rifat
Steve Wales
Luke Ifil
Billy Healey
Tommy Tejan-Sie
Reece Beckles-Richards
Danny Gay
Darryl Coakley
Jake Dye
Ian Miller
Joe Whight
Billy Holland
Reece Dobson
Luke Ingram
Jack Curtis
Michael Brothers
John Sands
Tansheh Abrahams
Rob Laney
John Mbamarah
Rob Hastings
Nathan Munson
Sam Nunn
Kem Izzet
Manny Osei
Max Booth
None Kem Izzet -> Jack Curtis (75)
Manny Osei -> John Sands (81)
Yellow cards
Reece Beckles-Richards
Ahmed Rifat
Ola Williams
Ryan Sellers
Michael Brothers
Luke Ingram
Red cards
None None.
Match report
Needham travelled to north London aiming to avenge the 6-0 drubbing handed out by their hosts last season.

There was one change to the starting line up from the narrow victory over Met Police, with Jack Curtis returning to the starting eleven and Manny Osei dropping down to the bench.

The hosts took early control of the game with striker Billy Healey firing narrowly over the bar in the first minute. Needhams next scare came 5 minutes later when a speculative 30 yard effort by Steve Wales came back off the bar with Danny Gay beaten. After 11 minutes Healey had another effort which was deflected behind for a corner.

The first half hour was nearly all Wingate, with Needham struggling to hold on to the ball. The pressure resulted in yellow cards for Michael Brothers and Luke Ingram, both for late challenges.

Although the hosts continued to press, with numerous efforts on goal, Needham gradually came into the game more and forced two corners in quick succession which came to nothing.

Reece Beckles-Richards was the first Wingate player in the referees notebook for a foul on Luke Ingram, who was switched to the right wing from centre midfield, with Michael Brothers moving into the middle of the park.

The final action of the half saw Wingates Luke Ifil fire over the bar after Healey’s attempt had been blocked.

Although The Marketmen improved as the half wore on, the consensus was that they were fortunate to go in on level terms.


Needham started the second half much more brightly, with a long-range effort from Michael Brothers going high and wide after 49 minutes. Three minutes later the deadlock was broken when Luke Ingram broke down the right wing and sent over a hard, low cross which John Sands converted emphatically from 6 yards. After 59 minutes, Brothers tried one of his trademark overhead kicks but the ball went well wide.

Ahmet Rifat then went into the book for a handball, before Danny Gay was called upon to make a low save from Tommy Tejan-Sie. Chances were now coming at both ends and there was a scramble in the home goalmouth before Ingram shot wide. Ifil then fired a shot across the Needham goalmouth with no-one able to supply the final touch.

The Marketmen made two substitutions, with Kem Izzet replacing Jack Curtis and Manny Osei coming on for John Sands.

Wingate thought they had equalised in the 86th minute as Luke Ifils 25 yard shot was heading for the top corner, only for Danny Gay to brilliantly tip the ball over the bar.

Wingates Ola Williams was booked for pulling Reece Dobsons shirt as Needham, marshalled by Kem Izzet, comfortably held out for the 3 minutes of added time.


Another valuable 3 points on the road for Needham after a shaky first half hour. This was an excellent defensive performance, epitomised by the Chairman’s Man of the Match, Joe Whight and topped off by a poachers goal from John Sands.

Needham consolidated their place in the play-off positions and can now look forward to three consecutive home games, starting with the Suffolk derby against Lowestoft Town on Tuesday evening.

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