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Needham Market Res
Norwich CBS
Sat 15 Dec 15:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - First Division North Full time

Reserves Beaten by CBS in tough conditions

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Brace from Carvell not enough as Reserves fall to defeat

Needham Market Reserves ended up losing 2-4 to Norwich CBS despite leading 2-1 at the break in tough conditions on the 3G pitch at Bloomfields.

Although the rain flooded down most of the day, the Young Marketmen played well and will feel disappointed to not get at least a point. The game was a very close encounter, but entertaining which had it very worth while for those who braved the weather. Two minutes in Norwich won a corner on the left, with the header at the near post caught by Elsdon whose brief fumble saw the visiting man head straight at him. A minute later, Roman Carvell gave The Young Marketmen the lead. 

The Needham No.9 was set through to the left edge of the box before finishing well into the far corner. Norwich then attacked down the left and went close on 4 minutes, and cut into the box but shot just over the top right corner.

Clayton-Leek then got through down the middle, and set a teammate through on the right side in the box who shot wide off the near post on 6 minutes. Norwich then attacked down the right and into the area. However, the shot was fired over the bar. Norwich then close again on 7 minutes, as the visitors' corner in on the right was met by a Blue head at the back post but headed the ball just over the top right corner. The visitors then got through on the left side in the box a minute later, but saw their close range shot blocked following shaky Needham defending. Norwich then won a free-kick on the edge of the box on the left wing, but saw the effort blocked by the legs of the wall on 9 minutes. Norwich then had an effort on the left after 10 minutes, but the Needham defender was able to kick the ball back to Elsdon. 

Norwich kept up their attempts to level proceedings, with the action being very much non stop and very competitive throughout the half, after a cross in on the left found Jones at the far post, but headed over the bar on 14 minutes. The following minute saw Norwich win a corner on the left, but again the header at the near post went over the bar. Needham then went agonisingly close to a second goal on 17 minutes, Carvell was once more set down the right. The home forward then got to the byline and pulled a dangerous ball across the face of goal but nobody was around to tap home. CBS then countered down on the right and into the box. The shot however was saved well by Owen Elsdon with the rebound bouncing off a Norwich man for a goal-kick. 

Norwich then went for goal on the left edge of the box on 19 minutes, forcing Elsdon into a great diving save waist high to his left to palm behind for a corner. From which, Santa almost brought gifts of joy for the Young Marketmen. As the youngster brought the ball down the left who picked out Carvell in the centre. The defender though slid in and missed the ball as Carvell teed up his teammate but the defence intercepted. CBS then scuffed a shot at goal from the edge of the box as Needham cleared behind for a corner on 21 minutes. The away side then forced another great save from Elsdon in the home goal three minutes later, as a cross in from the left was nodded towards goal at the near post- requiring Elsdon to dive and palm away with a visiting man running in. 

Soon after though, Norwich were level. A cross in from the left was chested in by Jones at the far post from a yard out (might have already crossed the line, if he did touch it), with the goal given to James Page. 

Norwich then got through on the left side in the box after 27 minutes, as Elsdon was taken out of the equation but the shot was kept out by one of the defenders on the line to clear away. Santa then counteres down the left and beat the CBS keeper, who then squared to Clayton-Leek on the edge of the box whose shot at the open goal beat everyone in front of him apart from the crossbar. That being said both sides should've been 2-1 up directly after each other. The action continued on the half hour mark, as a Norwich corner on the right was headed across goal at the back post but the following goal was ruled out for a foul despite being put into the left corner. Three minutes later though, the Young Marketmen went close again, as Carvell got down the left wing and cut into the edge of the box. He then lobbed the keeper who was off his line, but Swatman recovered well to palm over the bar. 

The corner in though was put wide of the left post. Norwich then got through on left side in the box as Elsdon came sliding out with Woerndl on the left post to clear the low shot off the line, after 34 minutes. Five minutes later, the away side again got through on the left side in the box and got a yard out from goal. Elsdon though was alert to get down and prevent a shot at goal. The visitors then thought they had taken the lead four minutes before the break, as they got through on goal and slotted past Elsdon. However the flag was up for offside.  

Seconds later, the hosts had another good chance as Clayton-Leek shot low from twenty-yards forcing Swatman to palm behind for a corner down to his right. A minute before the break, Abrahams found himself on the left byline close to goal, but saw his shot palmed away. The following cross in though saw Needham retake the lead. The ball in from the left was missed by the keeper at the far post, leaving an empty net for Roman Carvell to double his tally and simply tap into, 2-1. A minute into added time, the hosts then had a penalty appeal turned down as Abrahams shot on the left beyline seemed to hit a hand but nothing was given as Needham went in 2-1 up at the break. 

HALF TIME: Needham Market Reserves 2-1 Norwich CBS. 

Norwich began the second half looking for an equaliser, as the shot on the right edge of the box was shot over the bar with Elsdon out of goal on 46 minutes. Down the other end, a minute later the Reds had a good chance to double the lead, and were slotted through on the left side in the box but shot over the bar. Clayton-Leek then had a shot blocked from the left edge of the box after 48 minutes, before Needham went close as a teammate's shot in the centre hit the right post but bounced with the keeper rooted. Two minutes later, the visitors crossed in from the right with the shot at the far post went straight to Elsdon at his left post. 

On 53 minutes, a Needham free-kick just inside their own half found Abrahams down the centre who headed wide of the right post from 18-yards out. A minute later, Norwich then shot at goal on the left side in the box before Woerndl blocked with Elsdon able to gather at his near post. Norwich then levelled proceedings on 56 minutes   as Page was set through in the box and was slotted under Elsdon and into the net. The game then began to slightly turn in Norwich's favour, as the away side went close again on the hour mark. A cutback on the left saw a Norwich man sliding in hitting the post from point blank at the near post. 

Two minutes later, a CBS long throw on the right was headed at the near post but went wide of the far post. Then after 63 minutes the away side were set through down the centre but the shot was blocked behind for a corner at the left post. On 64 minutes Santa then went on another festive run dowm the left and beat the keeper to square across to Carvell 18-yards from goal. The forward then got into the box as the keeper got back. However, the defender slid in to put off the Needham man. With 25 minutes to play, CBS' cross in on the right was headed at goal at the far post but was cleared. Only as far a Norwich man on the edge of the box who sliced wide of the right post. 

On 66 minutes, Santa then won the ball back down the middle and set up Clayton-Leek in the box. The creative younger then went agonisingly close as he stabbed the ball just past the keeper but narrowly beat the left post. With 19 minutes to play, the away side won a corner on the right which was headed out to the edge of the box. 

The shot however was sliced wide of the right post. CBS' Rose then fired a low drive at goal on 72 minutes, forcing Elsdon to get down low and across to his left to palm away well. The away side then turned the game on their head a minute later, as Page sealed his hat-trick. The away side kept going for a fourth goal after 76 minutes, as Norwich went for goal on the edge of the box but was blocked. 

Two minutes later, the away side tried their luck at goal with a curler from the left edge of the box but Elsdon caught the effort at the far post. CBS were then set through on the right side in the box, as the shot was sliced wide of the near post on 79 minutes. Seconds later, Norwich had an effort on the right edge of the box as Elsdon did well to punch over the bar. From the resulting corner though, it proved invain as a short corner on the left was crossed into the far corner where Roecastle tapped into the bottom left corner from close range (on 80 minutes). 

Sam Garrard then went for goal with a low shot for Needham from the right edge of the box, on 82 minutes. The substitute though drilled low and just wide of the far corner. The away side then had a shot at goal on the right side in the box a minute later, but shot low and straight at Elsdon. The Young Marketmen then went for goal on the left edge of the box with 6 minutes to play. Unfortunately though, the shot went wildly over the bar. 

Back came CBS two minutes later, as the hosts headed the ball straight to the visitors, as the shot on the right edge of the box went over the bar. After 87 minutes CBS crossed the ball in from the right byline which found a visiting man in acres of space close to goal. 

However he headed wide of the bottom left corner. Then with a minute left the away side had a shot on the right side in the box, but shot low and wide of the near post. The final chance fell to CBS on 90+1 minutes, whose low shot on the right edge of the box went wide of the bottom far corner. That was that as the Reserves lost out 4-2 despite a very encouraging performance. 

FULL TIME: Needham Market Reserves 2-4 Norwich CBS

TEAMS:

Needham Market Reserves:-
1 Owen Elsdon
2 Thomas Raby
3 Jes Nevard
4 Tom Woerndl (c)
5 Ryan Pitt (67' Garrard)
6 Owen Cook
7 George Exworth
8 Ethan Abrahams
9 Roman Carvell
10 Jose Santa De La Paz
11 George Clayton-Leek (75' Fitzgerald)
Subs:
12 Jack Stopher
14 Sam Garrard
15 Lachlan Birrell
16 Thomas Fitzgerald
17 Alexander Silveri

Norwich CBS:-
1 Asa Swatman
2 Joe Easton
3 Kevan Rose
4 Shaun Jones
5 Davey Barraclough
6 James Page
7 Karl Horty
8 Tim Henery
9 Paul Cook (c)
10 Jordan Roecastle 
11 Stephen Drake (52' Jason)
Subs:
12 Luke Tuttle
14 Jack Jason
15 Anthony Warner
16 David Coyle 

Booked: Clayton-Leek (30'), Easton (35'). Carvell (45'+2'). 

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