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Brightlingsea Regent
Needham Market
Full time
L Ingram  (9'), J Sands  (17'), G Heath (56')
Tue 26 Dec 13:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 219

Brightlingsea 2-3 Needham Market

Influential Ingram leads Needham to victory

On the back of three successive home draws, Needham put in a good away performance and fully deserved the three points this Boxing Day.

After Luke Ingram intercepted a poor pass from Regent ‘keeper Harry Palmer, he made no mistake in slotting into the empty net with 9 minutes played.

The visitors continued their bright start and were rewarded for their dominance on 17 minutes. Goalscorer Ingram turned provider as his driving run into the penalty area found John Sands who swept home from close range. The former Kings Lynn and Boston United striker imperative in Needham’s bid to rise up the league table.

As the half progressed, the hosts then enjoyed greater spells of possession and had several chances of their own.

On 28, Ex-Needham player Aaron Condon pulled a goal back for Brightlingsea. With space on the edge of the area, his low shot found the back of net.

With the interval approaching, a glancing header from Cripps was tipped over the crossbar by Danny Gay, to ensure his side remained in front.

Half Time: Brightlingsea Regent 1-2 Needham Market

Eleven minutes into the second half, Needham extended their lead. After Adam Mills’ low cross was only partially cleared, Gareth Heath emphatically finished from inside the area.

Chances after this goal for either side were to prove few and far between as Needham appeared happy to protect their lead.

However, in additional time the hosts scored a second goal thanks to Billy Hunt. A brilliant solo strike, somehow managing to lob Gay from long range with the ‘keeper out of his area.

Full Time: Brightlingsea 2-3 Needham Market

Man of The Match: Luke Ingram

If you’re an optimist then today’s victory means Needham are now unbeaten in four games. Or a pessimist then we have just one win in the last six!

The Marketmen travel to Wingate & Finchley on Saturday before they are at home to Leiston in a Suffolk derby on New Year’s Day. (Kick off 13.00)

Key moments

Goal Luke Ingram scores for Needham Market
Goal John Sands scores for Needham Market
Goal Gareth Heath scores for Needham Market


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90:00 Sub On
Callum Harrison is substituted on for Needham Market
90:00 Sub Off
Luke Ingram is substituted off for Needham Market
90:00 Sub On
Rhys Henry is substituted on for Needham Market
90:00 Sub Off
Jamie Griffiths is substituted off for Needham Market
77:00 Sub On
Armani Schaar is substituted on for Needham Market
77:00 Sub Off
Adam Mills is substituted off for Needham Market
56:00 Goal 0 - 3
Gareth Heath scores for Needham Market
End of period 1
17:00 Goal 0 - 2
John Sands scores for Needham Market
9:00 Goal 0 - 1
Luke Ingram scores for Needham Market
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Brightlingsea Regent
  • Needham Market
  • 0
  • Luke Ingram Goal 9:00'
  • John Sands Goal 17:00'
  • Gareth Heath Goal 56:00'
  • Armani Schaar Sub On 77:00'
  • Adam Mills Sub Off 77:00'
  • Callum Harrison Sub On 90:00'
  • Luke Ingram Sub Off 90:00'
  • Rhys Henry Sub On 90:00'
  • Jamie Griffiths Sub Off 90:00'

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League round up

Other Premier Division results

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Dorking Wanderers
Folkestone Invicta
Tooting & Mitcham United
Wingate & Finchley
Staines Town
Burgess Hill Town


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League table

# 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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