Marketmen held to a draw by 10 men St Ives
Late St Ives penalty send the Marketmen home disappointed
The Marketmen made their first visit in a while to St Ives Town Pro-Edge "Stadium" looking to bounce back from last Saturday's home defeat. They made two changes to the starting XI which Dan Morphew replacing the injured JJ Wilson and Reece Dobson starting on the wing with Adam Mills dropping to the bench.
The Marketmen started the game well and their first chance came in the form of a free kick 25 yards from goal, unfortunately Gareth Heath sent it high and wide.
A couple of minutes later Joseph Marsden collected the ball in his own half and proceeded to run at the St Ives defence, who did well to stifle out the move before a telling pass could be made. This was soon followed by a Luke Ingram cross that just eluded Jamie Griffiths.
St Ives did forage forward a couple of times in the first 20 minutes or so, a low cross across the danger area which managed to elude everyone was their best opportunity, but other than that they did not really pose too much of a threat to the Marketmen defence.
Reece Dobson came close to getting through on goal but on this occasion he could not quite get the touch he hoped for.
The Marketmen then had two free kicks in quick succession. The first was delivered into the area by Gareth Heath, it was only half cleared by the home defence and the ball found its way back to him who then swung in a cross that Jamie Griffiths nodded on, alas no one was there to apply the finishing touch. The second one also had the same ending as no one was on-hand to finish off the dead ball shot from Gareth Heath, which the home keeper had pushed the ball back out.
The Marketmen continued to press and a good deep cross from Jake Dye just eluded Reece Dobson at the back post.
Around the half hour mark Luke Ingram was sent through on goal by a good ball from midfield, bearing down on goal he was fouled just outside the box. What the referee's decision going to be here, was the culprit the 'last man' or not? He settled for the latter and a yellow was dished out to the culprit. The resulting free kick did not produce the opportunity some were hoping for. The home defence managed to block it.
A few minutes later the referee had to make another decision, in fairness it was a lot easier than the earlier one, when St Ives' Oliver Snaith two footed tackle on Jeremiah Kamanzi earned him an early end to his game. Could the Marketmen take advantage of having the extra man? Jake Dye and the aforementioned Jeremiah Kamanzi linked up soon afterwards but couldn't quite create something for the Marketmen forwards.
Towards the end of the half St Ives had two half chances. The first, following a couple of good passes, ended with their forward sending it high and wide of the Marketmens' goal. The second, a free kick, did require some work from the Marketmens' defence who managed to clear it for a corner.
The final chance of the half for the Marketmen came via a good run by Jamie Griffiths, who in turn found Gareth Heath, whose shot was blocked.
Half Time: St Ives Town 0 vs Needham Market 0
The Marketmen started the half well with a good cross field ball by Joseph Marsden to pick out Reece Dobson, whose cross found the head of Jamie Griffiths, which was gathered by the home keeper.
Five minutes into half Callum Sturgess started a move on the left, he moved forward and found Luke Ingram, who immediately returned the favour, Callum Sturgess beat the defender and put in a decent cross that landed at the feet of Jeremiah Kamanzi after a flick on, he then to advantage of the opportunity and put the ball into the roof of the net. 1-0 NMFC.
In the following minutes the Marketmen created 3 opportunities to increase their lead. The first came from a Jake Dye throw which Jamie Griffiths nodded on for Luke Ingram, whose effort went over the bar. The second one also involved the head of Jamie Griffiths when he headed wide from a Gareth Heath cross. The third was this time started by Jamie Griffiths it also involved Luke Ingram and Jeremiah Kamanzi to set up a chance for Joseph Marsden to put in a decent cross, but the keeper came out and gathered it.
St Ives 10 men, who were creeping back into the game, kept the Marketmens' defence up to their work, creating an opportunity for a shot that ended up going wide and a couple of crosses that Jake Jessup had to deal with.
Following a good move Joseph Marsden was put through but this time his shot went over the bar.
As the game approached the final 10 minutes Adam Mills was introduced to the proceedings when he replaced Reece Dobson.
Another Marketmen attack saw a couple of good passes that resulted in a chance for Luke Ingram to maybe go through on goal, he was fouled before he could do so and got a free kick 25 yards out. Callum Sturgess stepped up to take it, the end result saw the ball go high and wide of the target.
St Ives then made two substitutions in quick succession to see if they could get something late on from the game.
As the game entered the last two minutes of normal time a mistimed challenge saw St Ives awarded a free kick 20 yards out. As the Marketmens' wall stood firm in anticipation of a shot. St Ives had other ideas and passed the ball to the side of the wall. This found one of their players, who was stopped by another mistimed challenge and the referee pointed to spot. The St Ives number 8 Robert Parker levelled the score sending the ball passed Jake Jessup right hand into the bottom corner. 1-1.
The Marketmen had one late chance to snatch victory when Adam Mills put the ball wide from a Joseph Marsden cross.
Overall it was a disappointing game and not the Bank Holiday weekend entertainment some of the 243 crowd had hopefully come to see. At least there won't be much time for the Marketmen team and the supporters to dwell over this as another game on Bank Holiday Monday approaches.
Full Time: St Ives Town 1 vs Needham Market 1