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Late Bennett Goal Earns Marketmen A Point On The Road

A deserved late Kaan Bennett equaliser ensures a share of the spoils for Needham Market, who preserve their unbeaten record against St Ives Town in the process, which is now 5 Needham wins and 6 draws in 11 meetings. 

Manager Kevin Horlock made 4 changes to the previous weekend's defeat as Basford United, Jacob Lay, Harry Knights, Taylor Clark and Ross Crane all started in place of Tom Fitzgerald, Jamie McGrath, Patrick Brothers and Kaan Bennett.

The home side though had the first opportunity after just 55 seconds, Tyrone Baker broke through down the right-hand side of the penalty area only to see his low shot well held by the diving Garnham. 

It was a tense and nervy starting look to the game from both sides, with the next real action of note arriving in the 13th minute. Ross Crane drove through dangerously down the left wing, the winger then cut inside to find space to cut the ball back to an unmarked Luke Ingram whose scuffed shot was blocked. 

After that though, the Marketmen had 3 chances in the space of 2 minutes, the first saw Taylor Clark drive into space from 30-yards out but the midfielder's low powerful strike was straight at James Goff to hold onto, after 15 minutes.

A minute later, Jacob Lay was released through onto the right-hand byline in acres of space, the winger's cutback found Clark whose first time close range effort was deflected through for a routine gather for Goff.

Soon after, more good play from the Marketmen resulted in another shot on goal - albeit again straight forward for Goff - Jake Dye found Clark, the midfielder in turn teed up Christian Frimpong in space from 30-yards whose first time sidefooted strike went straight into the 'keeper's chest. 

At the other end however, the home side took the lead on 19 minutes, a left wing long through was flicked onto Nabil Shariff unmarked from point blank range to turn and tuck the ball home under Garnham into the bottom right hand corner, 1-0 St Ives. 

Two minutes later, St Ives had a great chance to double their lead from another long through into the box, only this time the header back across goal was headed over from close range.

The Marketmen on the other hand had a great chance on 25 minutes, a neat one-two and clever linkup play between Dye and Clark on the right-hand edge of the box saw the latter latch onto the return pass inside the box, but the midfielder blasted his good strike wide of the near post. 

Needham stopper Marcus Garnham was then forced into a good diving save, down well at his near post to beat away a good ball across goal three minutes later, while Jake Dye's dangerous ball into the six yard box, after being played through by a great through-ball from Luke Ingram, was vitally headed over by Charlie Johnson at his near post, at the other end on 33 minutes. 

The resulting Ross Crane corner saw Harry Knights leap highest at the far post to nod a good header across goal, only for the defence to get there first to clear, followed by a carbon copy of the same from another good cross in from Crane moments later. 

That however was it for the notable action for the first half which had seen the Marketmen grow into the game well as the half went on. 

The Suffolk side, sporting their yellow away kit, started the second half on the front foot and came close to an equaliser just 52 seconds after the restart. Kaan Bennett snuck in ahead of the onrushing Goff to latch onto a great through-ball down the left-hand side of the box, only to agonisingly poke the ball just wide of the near post into the side-netting.

Substitute Kaan Bennett, who came on in place of the injured Taylor Clark, took over from where Clark left off, providing a creative spark to the visitors' midifeld, the former though just couldn't quite beat Goff to a great cross in from distance from Kyle Hammond into the six yard box on 58 minutes. 

The chances continued to fall for the Marketmen, after Christian Frimpong fired over from a Needham corner in the 63rd minute, Luke Ingram picked up possession on the edge of the box only to fire his good strike over the top left hand corner three minutes later. 

Substitute Jamie McGrath meanwhile glanced a good header narrowly wide of the bottom far left-hand corner on 72 minutes, while nobody in Needham yellow was around to provide the finishing touch to Kaan Bennett's brilliant ball flashed across the face of goal six minutes later. 

Ross Crane was next to go close to an equaliser for the away side, but for the winger's great 28-yard free-kick to dip just over the top left hand near corner after 79 minutes.

Four minutes later, Kyle Hammond's left wing long ball into the danger area just evaded Man Of The Match Harry Knights, while Jamie McGrath, who had found space to meet an audacious left wing cross in from Dan Morphew, could only glance his header wide of the far post on 86 minutes.


The Marketmen though deservedly levelled proceedings in the 90th minute courtesy of some neat quick passing play. The ball was neatly threaded onto Luke Ingram outside the box, the forward smartly found Kyle Hammond, the defender in turn cleverly set Colchester United loanee Kaan Bennett through one on one with the advancing Goff, who beat the stopper to it to poke home into the vacant net, 1-1.

Horlock's side will hope that latter's maiden Needham goal  will be the first of many for the winger, ahead of a trip to Coalville Town on Saturday (3pm).

St Ives Town:-

1 James Goff (GK)

2 Callum Milne

3 Johnathan Herd

4 Kieran Higgs (89' Lembikisa)

5 Jordan Williams

6 Charlie Johnson

7 Tyrone Baker (66' Andoh)

8 Edmund Hottor

9 Jonathan Edwards (85' Kaziboni)

10 Dylan Williams (c)

11 Nabil Shariff


12 Lewis Lembikisa

15 Gregory Kaziboni

17 Enoch Andoh

Needham Market:-

1 Marcus Garnham

2 Kyle Hammond

3 Jake Dye

14 Christian Frimpong (64' Fitzgerald)

5 Keiran Morphew (c)

6 Daniel Morphew

7 Jacob Lay (64' McGrath)

8 Harry Knights

9 Luke Ingram

10 Taylor Clark (31' Bennett)

11 Ross Crane


12 Jamie McGrath

15 Thomas Fitzgerald

16 Taykaan (Kaan) Bennett

Booked: Hottor (43'), Crane (50'), Williams (78'), Edwards (82'), K.Morphew (90'+3'), Garnham (90'+5').

Needham Assists: Hammond (90').

Goals: Shariff (19'); Bennett (90')


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