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MARKETMEN GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS

Needham Market get back to winning ways with a 3-0 home win over Berkhamsted. 

Kevin Horlock's side made 2 changes, Dan Morphew and Kyle Hammond missed out due to injury with Hugh Cullum briefly recalled from his loan at Thetford Town and Keiran Morphew back in the starting eleven.


While there weren't many clear cut chances in the first half, the Marketmen enjoyed more of the ball and created the better chances. 


The Marketmen had the first chance after 2 minutes, but a good low cross round the defence released Luke Ingram open in the box was intercepted by the goalkeeper, while Ingram was then fed into space on the right-hand edge of the box only to fire his volley on the turn wide of the bottom far corner on 5 minutes.


Needham meanwhile broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark, the loose ball broke for Dylan Williams, just inside the box, who smartly beat the defence to weave through smartly and smash home smartly, left footed, into the bottom far, right-hand, corner, 1-0 Needham.


While Williams saw a shot from the edge of the box well blocked 3 minutes later, the post denied Needham from doubling their lead right on half-time.


Great play saw Reece Harris feed Tevan Allen down the right wing, whose neat back flick on released Jake Dye on the overlap whose audacious cross was glanced towards goal by the leaping Ingram, albeit back off the inside of the far post. The rebound fell to Jamie McGrath whose shot was agonisingly deflected just wide of the bottom left-hand corner. 


After the restart, Needham went close again on the hour mark, Jake Dye's exquisite right wing cross just evaded 2 leaping red shirts in the danger area, at close range, before Tommy Smith's fierce far post volley on the rebound was blocked.


At the other end, a dangerous low left wing cross from the visitors was deflected close to the far post but Reece Harris was on hand to prevent a possible tap in on 62 minutes.


Jacob Lay then latched onto a great through-ball past the defence, two minutes later, but was adjudged to be offside as he squared the ball across to Jamie McGrath to tap into an empty net from 5 yards out, as the score remained 1-0.


Keiran Morphew was in the right place to block Sami Bessadi's shot on 66 minutes, while Luke Ingram shot narrowly wide of the bottom left-hand corner on 71 minutes.


Needham though doubled their lead with 10 minutes left on the clock, as a right wing corner was headed past his own goalkeeper by a visiting defender at the near post, 2-0 Needham.


Keiran Morphew then saw a close range, header, from an audacious Tev Allen corner, parried away by the keeper at his near post before Jake Dye lashed over from the rebound from 18-yards out on 90 minutes.


Four minutes later, Needham rounded off the night with a well worked goal deep into stoppage time. Jake Dye smartly broke onto the right-hand byline before squaring a great ball across on a plate for Seth Chambers to tap home into the top right-hand corner from inside the 6-yard box for his fifth goal of the season, 3-0 Needham.


The Marketmen move back up to second place with that victory, and close the gap on leaders Mickleover to five points, who they travel to on Saturday (3pm).


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