The Marketmen beat the Crows to add league victory in the mini series
By Paul Munn
Suburb team performance see the Marketmen go up to 5th in the Evo-Stik Premier Central table........
After a busy day sorting out and ticking off a few things I had to do. I hope the faithful readers will not mind if I just post the report I submitted to the East Anglian plus the extra bit at the end. I give my humble apologies to those who dislike this idea and promise I will resume normal service in due course.........much appreciate your support and feedback......
After two hard fought games in the FA Trophy between these two teams the league fixture at Garden Walk ended up being a comfortable day at the office for the Marketmen. A brace each, from Adam Mills and Reece Dobson set up the the victory. Although Royston's Vance Bola also scored a brace, but it was not enough to hold back a dominate Needham, who produced a good all round hard working team performance and in all honesty the winning margin could have easily been much wider.
The first chance went to Royston's Vance Bola who scuffed his shot into the side netting when put through. But it was Needham who opened the scoring in the seventh minute. A long clearance caused a problem for the Crows defence and put behind. The resulting corner was delivered to the near post by Gareth Heath where an unmarked Adam Mills had all the time he needed to nod home from close range.
Royston did have have a couple of half chance soon after, but David Mooney and Adam Murray both put their efforts the wrong side of the post. Their cause was not helped when like in the game last they had to make an early change when centre half Tyler Collett went off injured after 15 minutes.
With the twenty-seventh minute approaching Needham, went from nearly going 2 up to conceding the equaliser. Firstly, Adam Mills was put through after latching on to a mistake in the Royston defence giving him a one-on-one with the keeper. He tried to slide the ball passed him but the keeper got a fingertip on it to stop it going in as it came off the post and went for a corner. The corner itself was gathered up by the keeper Jow Welch, who punted it upfield where Joe Marsden and Vance Bola battled for the ball. The later came out the strongest and cooly chipped the Needham keeper from 20 yards.
Needham responded well and began to assert. Cambridge United loanee, Samuel Squire put in an outstanding performance in the middle of the park. He didn't allow the opposition time to settle on the the ball and broke up their midfield play throughout. This gave his fellow colleagues in midfield the chance to press on and put real pressure on the home side's defence.
Five minutes from the break saw Needham regain the lead when they played the ball through the midfield and then finding Reece Dobson 20 yards from goal. He took the ball on and found some space for the shot, he picked his spot perfectly as he slid the ball into the bottom corner.
That was not the end of the first half scoring though, as on the stroke of half time Royston were back on terms with a second for Vance Bola. Having received the ball out wide he took on his man and beat him, cutting just inside the box, he saw his chance curled a shot into the far corner.
The second half couldn't have started better for the Marketmen as they came close with an effort that required keeper Welch to be at his best to stop them taking the lead. However he could do nothing moments later when Gareth Heath found Adam Mills, he tried his luck and struck his shot goalwards. however a Royston defender got a boot to it, but all that did was to deflect it passed the keeper and into the back of the net.
The purple patch continued when two minutes later Needham increased their advantage when Reece Dobson received the ball inside the area, he controlled it well, took his time and smartly lashed it passed the keeper into the corner of the net.
Needham, now beginning to dominate and controlling the midfield pushed the ball around well. They created some worthy chances, which two fell to hatrick seeking Adam Mills, whose first effort only found the side netting and the second one went wide. Joe Marsden and the freshly introduced Tariq Issa combined to create a chance that was ended by a Royston foul. Their defence was kept busy and were required to get their bodies in the way on many occasions, a double block just over the hour was the pick of their defensive work.
They also tinkered with their formation that saw their centre forward go back to centre back, having already picked up a yellow card, he committed a foul and received a second meaning that the home side had to play the last 20 minutes with ten men.
Royston, however did have their moments during the half and did produce a couple of decent chances with just over 10 minutes to go. Firstly a chance fell for the hat trick seeking Vance Bola when the sub Tom Newman sent over a cross to which he got his head to, but the Needham keeper was there to deny him. Then David Mooney had a chance to shoot, which was blocked by the Needham defence and Tom Newman put the follow up shot over. Their final chance of the game also fell to Vance Bola but the defence were equal to his shot and got it behind.
The last 10 minutes belonged, in the main, to Needham. A great move saw ended with Joe Marsden providing the opportunity for James Baker to head goalwards, this time the keeper was their to gather it. Then Tariq Issa who came on as a sub instigated a move and combined with Gareth Heath to set himself up, he sent in a fierce drive that required the skills of keeper Welch to keep it out. Then Welch was also on hand to deny a piece of history for Needham's Jake Dye, having not scored a senior goal for the club, he let fly with a 20 yard shot, for all it looked as though it was going in, but Welch got his hand to it in the nick of time to push it over. Two Needham subs got into the action when Jamie Griffiths set up Jeremiah Kamanzi but he snatched at his shot and it sailed wide. Lastly it was Jamie Griffiths himself who had the final chance of the game but could not keep his shot down.
So, at the end all three points went back to Suffolk pushing Needham up to 5th in the league. Next up is Biggleswade away on Tuesday the 4th December.
Ps. The Marketmen also secured a winning margin in Royston's 'Meat raffle' which was drawn after the game. No stopping the Marketmen now!!