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NEEDHAM MARKET FOOTBALL CLUB
Walsham-Le-Willows
Thu 21 Feb 19:45 - League Full time

Young Marketmen smash five past Walsham

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A brace from Callum Page and a treble from Akbaba make it 5-1 to Needham in a six goal second half

Needham Market Under-18s thrash five past their Walsham le Willows counterparts, as the Reds avenge the 3-1 defeat to Walsham in the reverse fixture.

Walsham though had the opening shot, Whitby shooting wide of the top right corner from 25-yards out, with just a minute on the clock.
Back came Needham though, with the hosts corner on the left finding Matthew Cobbold, whose shot was blocked four minutes in. Following that, the Young Marketmen attacked down the right with the cross in being partially cleared twice before eventually falling to a Needham man in the box. The shot though went over the top right corner. Both sides then exchanged a chance each on 14 minutes, Walsham having the first, a long ball towards Selfe saw the strike chest it down to hold the ball up, his lay off however was hacked upfield where Needham countered into a one-on-one position but the defender made a great last ditch tackle in the box to prevent a shot, at the expense of a throw-in. Three minutes later, the Reds then set Callum Page through in the box, who jinked past his man only to see his low shot at the right corner saved well by Dan Stobbart.

Walsham though went down the other end, on 18 minutes, with Morgan Browne's dangerous cross in on the right into the six yard box, the Walsham man pressing however fell over as Owen Elsdon made the catch. Needham then sent a good ball over the top finding Roman Carvell, but was beaten to it by the aware Dan Stobbart. The Young Marketmen then tried again on the right, but were again beaten to it by the Willows' keeper. Needham then had another chance on 26 minutes, Evan Collard's free-kick 25-yards out on the left found an offside Carvell in the middle, whose shot on the slide towards the bottom left corner was caught by Stobbart- with the flag up regardless. The home side then had another free-kick from 25-yards out on the right a minute later, this time hitting it over the top right corner. Back came Walsham though, the away side's low cross in from the right byline across the face of goal was cleared by a defender at the near post on 28 minutes. The Willows then won a corner on the right, 16 minutes before the break, however Owen Elsdon flew out to push the ball clear before catching the following cross in.

At the other end, Needham forced another good stop out of keeper Stobbart- this time the hosts smashing a dangerous low ball into the six yard box on the right, forcing the visiting stopper to get down and get a strong hand out to palm it away on 32 minutes. Three minutes later, Callum Page won a free-kick on the left efge of the box in a shooting position. The Needham man took it himself, but hit the top near sidenetting. The home side though kept carving out great opportunities, as a ball through the defence and into Akbaba in the box gave the Needham forward with a great chance to open the scoring, instead shooting just wide off the bottom right corner on 37 minutes.

Two minutes later, the home side again reached the right byline- this time the cutbsck to Akbaba was deflected as the Needham man was unable to get a shot off at goal, as Needham began to dominate proceedings, with their pass & move play succeeding throughout the match. Walsham meanwhile, looked to set striker Oli Selfe through on goal on 42 minutes which although Selfe chipped a great finish over Elsdon and into the net the flag was already up for offside. The Willows' No.9 was then involved with the final chance of the half a minute into stoppage time, Walsham's long diagonial ball from the left found the striker in the box. However, Elsdon was able to get a hand to it falling over the forward in the process for a Walsham corner. That though was the end of a goalless first half.

HALF TIME: Needham Market Under-18 0-0 WalshamLe Willows Under-18

Second half, Needham dominated from the get go with Akbaba's shot from 7-yards out forcing a great save out of Stobbart who narrowed down the angle well. Callum Page then picked up the rebound but again the shot was blocked well by Stobbart on 48 minutes. Moments later, the hosts were denied again with the shot at the bottom right corner once more saved well by Stobbart. His resistence though was broken on 51 minutes, Callum Page picking out the top right corner with a superb free-kick, from the right edge of the box.

Two minutes later, Needham were kept out again by Stobbart. The hosts' squaring the ball in from the right finding Roman Carvell in the centre. The Needham man turned to shoot at goal, but shot low and straight at Stobbart. Walsham though had a rare second half opportunity ten minutes after the break, but sliced their shot on tge edge of the box. Down the other end, the Reds found Akbaba on the left hand side in the box, whose shot was blocked on 56 minutes. A minute later, it was almost 2-0, Akbaba this time set through on the right side in the box close to goal, the strike then cut in past his man to shoot low past Stobbart. The Willows though had plenty off men back to block. Akbaba though picked up the rebound, but the shot was also blocked. Walsham meanwhile, got through on the left hand side in the box, and got a shot off at goal with Elsdon able to dive down and save on 59 minutes.

Three minutes later however, Needham doubled their advantage, Akbaba through on the left in the box with a simple finish into the bottom far corner, a goal Needham deserved. The dominance continued, with Godward shooting into the sidenetting from the right byline on 63 minutes. As the game reached its final 25 minutes, Walsham pulled a goal back, punishing poor Needham defending. Whitby was found through on the right hand side in the box, forcing Elsdon to rush out as the Walsham man passed the ball into the net from a tight angle, even with a man getting back on the line. As the clock reached 72 minutes, Walsham won a free-kick on the left wing. The ball in however, was headed towards goal at the far post but was straight at Elsdon. Down the other end, Noah Collard then tried his luck from the edge of the box. The Needham man's fierce strike towards the right corner, though forced yet another great diving save from Stobbart. The Walsham stopper was then on hand to block the onrushing Akbaba's shot with his knee, keeping his side in it with 17 minutes to play. Walsham then had two chances in a row, the first seeing an effort on the left go straight to Elsdon at his near post on 74 minutes. The second, five minutes later, saw Walsham go close to equalising. A rocket of a strike on the left bouncing off the top off the bar and over.

Needham then took advantage, restoring their two goal lead on 81 minutes. Callum Page picking up a brace, as his great shot from the right edge of the box deflected into the far corner. Needham almost had a fourth, with 5 minutes on the clock, firing a great strike just over the top right corner. Walsham meanwhile, hit a shot wide on 86 minute followed by Needham increading the lead just a minute later. Akbaba finding the right corner to pick up a brace himself.

As the clock ticked into injury time, Walsham hit a desperate effort wide off the left post, before Needham rounded off a six goal second half. It was high fives for the hosts, as Akbaba picked up a hat-trick tapping in at the far, left, post from a yard out. That was the final chance of the game, with Needham going into next week's meeting, between the two sides, in the County Cup on the back of a 5-1 win.

FULL TIME: Needham Market Under-18s 5-1 Walsham Le Willows Under-18s

Needham Market:-
1 Owen Elsdon
2 Hayden Pollock
3 Matthew Cobbold
4 Sam Garrod
5 Morgan Rushton
6 Noah Collard (c)
7 Jamahl Godward
8 Evan Collard
9 Kadir Akbaba
10 Callum Page
11 Roman Carvell
Subs:
12 Jack Boyle
14 Tom Fitzgerald
15 Alfie Miles
16 Jose Santa de La Paz

Walsham le Willows:-
1 Dan Stobbart
2 Marley Browne
3 Jordan Asker
4 Taylor Waterson
5 Harvey Hubbard
6 Will Stobbart
7 Kehan Whitby (c)
8 Matt Glover
9 Ryan Stiff
10 Oli Selfe
11 Jack Spampanato
Subs:
12 Joe Mower
14 Konnor Dixon
15 Harry Roberts
16 Ed Spampanato
17 Ben Harris
Goals: Page (51', 81',), Akbaba (62', 87', 90'); Whitby (65').

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