Friday night football at Bloomfields saw the Marketmen beat local rivals
By Paul Munn
Last Warm-up see the Marketmen defeat local rivals.
For the final warm-up game for the Marketmen saw the visit of Mark Morsley's AFC Sudbury visit Bloomfields on warm Friday evening. The game itself was played on the main pitch. The Marketmen made one change to the starting XI with Reece Dobson replacing the unavailable Jamie Griffiths.
The game started well for the Marketmen, who looked bright and alert in the early exchanges knocking the ball about well.
It was on 7 mins that saw the breakthrough when a clever flick and some good battling play from Reece Dobson inside the area that allowed Adam Mills to knock the loose ball home. Initially some thought it was disallowed but the goal stood. 1-0 NMFC.
The Marketmen continued to look the more dangerous side and created the more telling chances. Reece Dobson broke forward but alas could not find the final touch that might have seen him double the lead. Gareth Heath improvised when instead off whipping in a 35 yard free kick he knocked it down the right for Jerry Kamanzi to latch on to, unfortunately his shot went wide. Then from a mistake from the Sudbury defence saw Adam Mills play in Reece Dobson, whose cross just eluded Luke Ingram. Alas good chances for the Marketmen but they couldn't double the lead.
AFC Sudbury did then come more into the game, but on more than one occasion their final ball let them down. Despite that the Marketmen defence had to keep up to their work, with Jake Dye knocking a dangerous looking cross out for a corner and the central defenders Keiran Morphew and JJ Wilson mopping up a few balls. Thus restricting AFC Sudbury to a couple of long range efforts that ended up wide of the target.
On the 20 minute mark, just after another Marketmen move that saw a shot from Reece Dobson go wide, Luke Ingram went on a mazzy run and was clumsily brought down in the area. Joe Marsden made no mistake from the spot, putting it into the top left hand corner. 2-0 NMFC.
Minutes later AFC Sudbury could have pulled one back when a mistake by Keiran Morphew let in their left back, but lucky for the Marketmen his cross-shot went wide.
In the 28th minute saw a dispute between the AFC Sudbury bench and the match official that resulted in the AFC Manager being sent from the pitch. This seemed to raise the tempo of the game with both sides pressing to create opportunities, which there were four of note for the Marketmen.
The first of them was when Luke Ingram, on the right, got to the by-line and put in a decent cross, alas Adam Millsjust could not finish it off.
The next resulting from a great initial ball from Keiran Morphew finding Jerry Kamanzi on the right and after some good work put in a nice deep cross finding Adam Mills, who in turn looped a header back across goal finding the head of Luke Ingram, which unfortunately went wide of the far post.
Then there was a good run by Callum Sturgess who then found Reece Dobson but his effort was well saved by the visiting keeper.
Finally, a break by Adam Mills gave Luke Ingram a great opportunity but he curled his shot just the wrong side of the post.
In between the Marketmen chances AFC Sudbury did press keeping the Marketmen defence on their toes and calling Jake Jessop into action once or twice. The fore mentioned did add to their work when giving the ball away in a dangerous area, resulting in a shot from former player Callum Harrison, but his only reward was a corner.
Just before the break a Marketmen move started with Callum Sturgess taking the ball forward who found Reece Dobson with a good ball, who in turn took it forward in to the area and lashed it just inside the near post making it 3-0 NMFC.
That was the last real move of the half and the referee brought a great half from the Marketmen to an end.
Half Time: Needham Market 3 vs AFC Sudbury 0
Just as the first half had started well for the Marketmen, the same could be said for AFC Sudbury in the second half. After making changes at the interval, a minute had passed into the half when it was again former player Callum Harrison created space for a shot, which took a deflection sending the ball over a despairing Jake Jessop dive. 3-1 NMFC.
This seemed to rejuvenate AFC Sudbury who played well during the opening period, forcing a couple of decent saves from Jake Jessop. They were lucky not to pull one back when a shot was half blocked by Jake Jessop and was only a timely clearance off the line by Callum Sturgess that stopped a AFC Sudbury goal.
The Marketmen did themselves look to create some chances, with Adam Mills forcing a save and some good runs from the midfield which unfortunately just failed to materialise into a good scoring opportunity.
Midway through the half Adam Mills stated his case after a strong challenge on him, which resulted in a strong telling off from the man in black for both involved parties.
A minute later Adam Mills nearly scored when bursting into the box saw his shot finely saved by the keeper.
A few minutes later Joe Marsden had a good opportunity but his shot went high and wide.
Both sides then cancelled each other out as a few changes were made and very few chances were created, a couple of mishit crosses from the Marketmen, but none from both sides that troubled the keepers.
As the final whistle loomed AFC Sudbury forced another good save from Jake Jessop and in turn at the other end Luke Ingram fired wide.
That was that, victory in our final warm-up game. Fair to say that the Marketmen got the job done in the first 45 and weren't quite as threatening in the second 45. So, onto the real thing when the Marketmen visit Bedworth United, on Saturday, in the newly formed Evo-Stik South Premier Division Central.
Finally, wish AFC Sudbury well for their forthcoming Bostic North campaign.
Full Time: Needham Market 3 vs AFC Sudbury 1