The Marketmen progressed to the Suffolk FA Premier Cup Semi-Finals after a hard fought win against AFC Sudbury this evening. Reece Dobsons strike on 12 minutes was to be the only goal in an entertaining game, which left the guests aggrieved at their defeat.
Despite both teams participating in the Ryman Premier League, this was the first encounter between the sides this season.
AFC Sudbury started on the front foot and threatened in the opening stages with Ex Needham Market midfielder Craig Parker and Luke Callander both testing goalkeeper James Bradbrook.
Despite this, it was the hosts who broke the deadlock with 12 minutes on the clock. Callum Harrisons cross was cleared only as far as Dobson who cooly slotted beyond Marcus Garnham with a composed finish.
With 20 minutes played, Luke Ingram was unfortunate not to celebrate his birthday with a goal as his bullet header was off target when well placed.
A mis timed Darryl Coakley challenge on Jordan Blackwell left referee Adrian Sannerude with a big decision to make on 41 minutes. It was without doubt a bad foul from the Needham full back but the resulting card was yellow.
Bradbrook continued to impress in the rare absence of Danny Gay. His terrific save denied Blackwell and ensured a half time lead.
Half Time: Needham Market 1-0 AFC Sudbury
Into the second half and it was The Yellows who had two quick fire opportunities to level. James Baker failed to hit the target after once Needham player Jack Wilkinsons cross, before Parkers header went straight into the arms of Bradbrook.
The visitors frustrations were to increase when a Rob Eagles effort rebounded off the crossbar and it was to prove one of those evenings as Dobsons solitary strike was decisive in this cup tie.
Full Time: Needham Market 1-0 AFC Sudbury
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