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1st Team - Match centre

Tooting & Mitcham United
Needham Market
Full time
S Nunn (2')
Sat 9 Sep 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 230

The Marketmen draw at Tooting and Mitcham

Needham Market FC

Needham Market made their first ever trip to Imperial Fields on Saturday to take on newly promoted Tooting & Mitcham. In an entertaining match which finished 1-1, the hosts will feel aggrieved not to have picked up their first three points of the campaign.

Those in attendance didn't have to wait long for the first goal of the game as it arrived in just the second minute through centre-half Sam Nunn. Joe Whight's in-swinging corner found an un-marked Nunn who headed beyond goalkeeper Joe Tupper and into the bottom corner. A perfect start.

Despite taking this early lead, it was Tooting who continued to play on the front foot and looked threatening when going forward. Needham goalkeeper Danny Gay picked up a knock in the pre-match warm-up but played through the pain barrier in the first half.

He made several crucial saves to keep the hosts at bay. With 24 minutes on the clock he parried Billy Dunn's strike, before denying Danny Bassett just moments later.

Needham's defence was very much under threat, as the hosts searched for an equaliser from numerous corners.

It was of little surprise when The Terrors deservedly equalised in additional time in the first half. From yet another corner, Eddie Dines prodded home from close range to ensure the sides were level at the break.

Half Time: Tooting & Mitcham 1-1 Needham Market

The earlier injury meant Gay was unable to continue and he was replaced by Nathan Munson. The second half began with thunder and lighting, with heavy showers thrown in for good measure.

It was very much end-to-end, with neither side appearing to be pleased with a point. Ryan Gibbs came close for Needham when he struck the woodwork from inside the penalty area.

The hosts' forward Omar Folkes saw his shot deflected wide for a corner but clear cut chances were proving elusive.

Needham could have performed the proverbial 'smash and grab' in the fifth minute of injury time but substitute Kieron Turner saw his shot blocked on the line.

Full Time: Tooting & Mitcham 1-1 Needham Market

Needham return to Bloomfields on Tuesday evening as they face Lowestoft Town. The Trawlerboys have found life difficult so far this season and it should be a good contest between the two Suffolk sides.

Key moments

2:00
Goal Sam Nunn scores for Needham Market

Highlights

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89:00 Sub On
Kieran Turner is substituted on for Needham Market
89:00 Sub Off
Luke Ingram is substituted off for Needham Market
79:00 Sub On
Max Booth is substituted on for Needham Market
79:00 Sub Off
Ryan Gibbs is substituted off for Needham Market
45:00 Sub On
Nathan Munson MBE is substituted on for Needham Market
45:00 Sub Off
Danny Gay is substituted off for Needham Market
End of period 1
2:00 Goal 0 - 1
Sam Nunn scores for Needham Market
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Tooting & Mitcham United
  • Needham Market
  • 0
  • Sam Nunn Goal 2:00'
  • Nathan Munson MBE Sub On 45:00'
  • Danny Gay Sub Off 45:00'
  • Max Booth Sub On 79:00'
  • Ryan Gibbs Sub Off 79:00'
  • Kieran Turner Sub On 89:00'
  • Luke Ingram Sub Off 89:00'

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Needham Market

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Billericay Town
1
0
Dorking Wanderers
0
1
Folkestone Invicta
2
0
Staines Town
2
2
Merstham
Wingate & Finchley
2
0
Burgess Hill Town
Worthing
0
5
Margate

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# Team Pl Pts
17. Enfield Town 46 56
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49
20. Brightlingsea Regent 46 48
21. Harlow Town 46 47
22. Lowestoft Town 46 43
23. Burgess Hill Town 46 36

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