Marketmen lose their 100% start
By Paul Munn
Barwell take all 3 points on their first visit
The Marketmen welcomed Barwell on their first visit to Bloomfields. Both teams came into the game unbeaten and surely would be a tough test for both sides.
The starting XI for the Marketmen was the same for the third consecutive game, with the bench seeing one change with Jamie Carragher replacing Dan Morphew who was unavailable.
It was the visitors who nearly drew first blood when after 5 minutes Barwell's Tomkinson 20 yard shot rattled the crossbar with Jake Jessup stranded. The Marketmen responded and were unlucky when a good ball was crossed in, but no one could get a final touch.
Barwell looked dangerous going forward and created a few chances during a dominate spell. It started with a good cross in from the left that just eluded their forwards. This was followed by a mazy run by their number 10 Hickey that, lucky for the Marketmen, ended with a shot going well wide of the target.
The Marketmen nearly profited from thwarting another Barwell attack when Callum Sturgess cleared, which gave the opportunity for Adam Mills to break forward and played in Luke Ingram, but alas he had strayed offside. Then Barwell's Hickey, who was beginning to orchestrate things for the visitors, had a header that he saw go wide of the post.
The Marketmen kept going and did manage to fashion out some chances of their own. Joseph Marsden had a shot that went the wrong side of the post and Callum Sturgess put a nice low ball into the box, which Luke Ingram could not quite connect with.
Barwell could have also profited when the Marketmen were caught out and was it not for a great tackle from Jake Dye, Barwell's number 11 would have had glorious chance to score. A few minutes later their number 11 Tomkinson and number 8 Story combined well in and around the Marketmens' area which luckily only resulted in a corner.
The Marketmen managed to still muster forward and create some half chances. Gareth Heath started one of these when he played a ball forward to find Luke Ingram on the right, who in turn squared the ball to Jamie Griffiths who put it wide. Callum Sturgess then produced a great run beating off a couple of tackles and then finding Joseph Marsden, who couldn't find a telling cross. Then it was the turn of the other full back Jake Dye to put a great ball down the line to find Joseph Marsden, who put in a decent cross which the Barwell defender had to clear it over his own bar.
In the closing stages of the half it was again Barwell's number 10 who had a chance to break the deadlock when he couldn't convert a free header. Likewise right on the stroke of half time Luke Ingram was put through and had a one-on-one with their keeper, alas their keeper won that battle, thus ending the half goalless.
Half Time: Needham Market 0 vs Barwell 0
The half started well for the Marketmen with Joseph Marsden finding Jamie Griffiths who put a cross in, but the resulting header from Luke Ingram was collected by their keeper.
This was followed by two chances from well worked throw-ins. The first Callum Sturgess' throw found Luke Ingram, who knocked it on to Joseph Marsden, alas his chance ended over the bar. The second one was similar that resulted in Jamie Griffiths just heading wide.
On 58 minutes the Marketmen suffered a misfortune when JJ Wilson, who up to this point had another solid performance, suffered an injury when caught whilst running the ball out of defence. The physio was called on and signalled that JJ Wilson's participation in the match was over. Hopefully a speedy recovery will follow. He was replaced at back by James Carragher.
Two minutes later did see the deadlock broken when a Barwell corner was not particularly defended well forcing Jake Jessup to push the ball back out into the danger area, only for it to fall to their number 10 Hickey who rolled it into the bottom corner. 1-0 Barwell.
The Marketmen did try to rally and shortly afterwards Adam Mills had a close range shot blocked. However Barwell looked in control of proceedings and had another chance when the number 8 Story tried to finish a move, but his shot went just wide. This was quickly followed by a run by their number 3 Nisevic who to thread it through to the wing but a good tackle by Jake Dye prevented that happening. In between these two chances Jeremiah Kamanzi had broken up a move, although not to the referees liking and was shown a yellow.
Just over the 70 minute mark another yellow was shown to a Marketman, this time the recipient was Callum Sturgess when adjudged to have fouled the Barwell right winger. The Barwell free kick, lets just say it was not defended as well as it could have been, ended up at the feet of their number 10 again, who calmly slotted home. 2-0 Barwell.
A couple of minutes later the Marketmen brought on Reece Dobson in place of Jeremiah Kamanzi to bolster the firepower.
The afternoon was not going to end perfectly for the Barwell number 10, as he did blot his copybook when he was shown a yellow card late on for upending Luke Ingram.
Although, Reece Dobson was brought on for his scoring ability he nearly had an assist to his name when he drilled in a ball to the far post where Jake Dye was unlucky not to get a foot to it.
As the 90 minutes ended and we entered time added on, Barwell were content to see the game out, although the Marketmen did a couple of half chances to at least get a consolation. Joseph Marsden had a header from a corner scrambled away and a long ball clearance from keeper Jake Jessup found Luke Ingram who had the resulting shot blocked.
That was that, the whistle went and so did the Marketmens' 100% start.
Overall the Marketmen were beaten by the better side on the day. No doubt the players and management team are already regrouping, taking the positives and focusing on the next game.
Full Time: Needham Market 0 vs Barwell 2