The Marketmen suffer as the Crows fly off with the points
By Paul Munn
Another disappointing display at Bloomfields sets play-of hopes back.
The Marketmen were looking to try and pick the three points on offer to aid their play-off challenge, on the back of their home draw last week. Injury and unavailability meant they were denied the services of Joseph Marsden (unavailable), Russell Short and Gareth Heath (Injury), however, Keiran Morphew made his return after suspension. The visitors making their second trip to Bloomfields this season were hoping to revenge their cup defeat in November.
It was the visitors who got out of the blocks first and forced a corner through a Luke Knight shot in the first minute. A minute later the Crows got off to the perfect start when taking an advantage of a slip, Luke Knight played a through ball for Vance Bola to latch on to, he composed himself and slid his shot goal wards, it went in off the post with the keeper stranded. 1-0 RTFC.
Royston remained on top and were the more threatening throughout the half. They had efforts from Eren Kinali and Rohdell Gordon. Both of which luckily for the Marketmen, went over the top and didn’t punish the Marketmen further.
Meanwhile, the Marketmen struggled to get anything going, with a lot of moves breaking down early. When they did manage to create anything they were unable to get them on-target. An example of this was an Adam Mills effort, where he collected the ball and ran at the Royston defence. However his final shot was not a good one, and he could only lash it wide.
A couple of minutes later Luke Ingram managed to get into a shooting position but this time the Royston defence were able to in the way of his effort and divert the danger.
This was shortly followed by another chance for Luke Ingram. After receiving the ball from Jeremiah Kamanzi he set himself up for a shot, but unfortunately for the Marketmen supporters, he could keep it down and sent the effort over the top.
Despite these Marketmen efforts Royston continued to be threatening and kept the Marketmen defence up to their work. Rohdell Gordon produced a good run and put in a decent cross, which the Marketmen defence managed to clear. Joseph Newton also experienced the same outcome when he had his effort blocked.
The remainder of the half descended into a scrappy affair, with the only real spark of life coming right on the stroke of half time, when an altercation following a challenge, saw two yellow cards, one for each side, being shown.
Half Time: Needham Market 0 vs Royston Town 1
The second half started off in the same vein with neither side able to build on their respected passages of play. However the Marketmen were beginning to show some signs of resurgence with the midfield and full backs getting a bit further forward to support the attack.
The Marketmen also made a change, around the hour mark, bringing on Jamie Griffiths in place of Reece Dobson. Jamie did have an early chance when he got on the end of a Callum Sturgess/James Baker exchange, but unfortunately his shot didn’t have sufficient power to trouble the Royston keeper.
Then just after the hour mark the Marketmen had a great chance to get themselves back in it, from a corner which found the head of Luke Ingram, who got it on target, but alas he was denied by a fine save from Royston’s Joe Welch.
Moments later they had another chance from a Callum Sturgess cross, which dropped to Adam Mills, but he could only send it wide of the post.
The Marketmen were enjoying a short spell of ascendancy but it was to be short lived. The visitors broke forward in the 67th minute. The move looked have faltered when a Needham defender got a foot in, but Rohdell Gordon managed to keep on his feet and play the ball on to Vance Bola, who cut inside to create space and slotted his near post effort into the back of the net. 2-0 RTFC.
Needham tried to respond, they swapped Adam Mills for Regan Pelling to try something different. Royston sensing the victory adopted tactics that would see them manage their lead through to the final whistle.
The Marketmen kept plugging away but could only manage an off-target Jeremiah Kamanzi shot and then deep in injury time came their best chance of the game, when Luke Ingram received a good through ball which he was able to get a good shot on-target, but alas the Royston keeper was equal to it and produced another fine save.
At the final whistle it was the Crows that flew off with the three points, leaving the Marketmen to rue more dropped points at Bloomfields.
The report may be on the shorter side than normal, but there is not lot more I can say about this game apart from; ‘Yes’ it was frustrating from a Marketmen point of view to watch, ‘Yes’ the result was obviously disappointing (4 points from 12 at Bloomfields, in the last 4), and ‘Yes’ Royston did come and do a job, not pretty to some but maybe it’s something we can learn from.
Full Time: Needham Market 0 vs Royston Town 2
Needham Market: Jessop: Dye, Sturgess, Squire, Morphew (K), Morphew (D), Ingram, Kamanzi, Baker, Dobson (Griffiths 58), Mills (Pelling 73)
Royston Town: Welch, Scott-Morriss, Newton, Thomas, Parr, Braithwaite, Kinali (Stanley 73), Knight, Bola, Corcoran (Castiglione 55), Gordon (Murray 73)