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MARKETMEN HOLD NATIONAL LEAGUE SIDE YORK CITY TO A GOALLESS DRAW

Needham Market hold Vanarama National League side York City to a goalless draw to force a home replay on Tuesday night, earning a spot in Sunday's Emirates FA Cup 1st Round Proper draw. 


Kevin Horlock's side were unchanged from Saturday's rare defeat at home to Cray Wanderers in the FA Trophy, with Reece Harris named on the bench. 


York, who went into the tie 17th in their league - 2 divisions above the 2nd placed Southern League Central Premier Division visitors - started brightly enjoying plenty of possession, forcing a good early save from Marcus Garnham on 4 minutes. 


Lenell John-Lewis found space to shoot, from the left-hand edge of the box, whose shot towards the roof of the net was beaten away by the flying goalkeeper. 


Needham though defended resolutely throughout, restricting York to little clear goalmouth chances while also enjoying spells of possession and creating chances as the half went on. 


Daniel Batty meanwhile found space to shoot, on the left-hand edge of the box after being urged to shoot by the crowd, only to fire wide of the bottom near corner after 8 minutes. 


A good spell of possession for Needham followed though in the eleventh minute, albeit Dylan Williams' through-ball towards Jacob Lay was intercepted. 


A minute later however, Luke Ingram's pass was cut out by York dangerously down their left wing although the low ball into the middle was overhit and gathered well by Marcus Garnham. 


Needham meanwhile broke and won a right wing corner after smart play from the away side on 15 minutes, but the partially set-piece fell to Keiran Morphew who fired over from distance. 


Needham looked to catch the Minstermen out four minutes later, Jacob Lay picked the pocket of Alex Woodyard before racing past him into space down the left wing but for the defender to concede a free-kick after pulling back the winger for the game's first yellow card.


The resulting set-piece was swung in dangerously into the box with Dan Morphew's effort held by the goalkeeper guarding his left-hand post. 


Needham held their own throughout, shown in abundance when the away defence shielded the ball through to Marcus Garnham after Scott Burgess had broken onto the right-hand side from a clever through-ball on 26 minutes. 


At the other end, Needham caught the opposition out deep in their own half as Luke Ingram intercepted a clearance 30-yards from goal, albeit his deflected shot was well held by home debutant Rory Watson on the half-hour mark. 


The Marketmen arguably nullified that host's threat well, with Needham Man Of The Match Jake Dye in the right place at the right time to read Ryan Fallowfield's dangerous low right wing pull back into the box and clear it away on 35 minutes. 


Needham broke smartly and had a great chance to break the deadlock 2 minutes later, neat passing from the Marketmen saw Dylan Williams and Jacob Lay exchange dangerous passes in and around the box down the left-hand side, the former then feeds Tevan Allen on the edge of the area, the midfielder utilised a pocket of space to turn smartly but his low fierce deflected shot to go straight through to goalkeeper Watson. 


Down the other end, York had a good opportunity to break the deadlock when Olly Dyson's overhead kick effort from a cross hit the crossbar after 39 minutes as both sides went into the break deadlocked. 


The second half saw more of the same as the first, with York on top from the restart while Needham enjoyed good spells of possession and soaked up pressure defensively and found answers when tested by the host's forward line.


The Marketmen grew into the game as time went on with Jake Dye starting a great move from Needham on 59 minutes. The right-back intercepted possession smartly down the right wing before driving through their half and feeding a teammate on the overlap whose low cross was cleared as far as Dylan Williams just outside the box who thumped his shot agonisingly just over the top right-hand corner. 


Solid defending from Needham captain Keiran Morphew saw the defender block away Burgess' shot from the edge of the box 4 minutes later, while a fantastic save from Marcus Garnham denied Akinyemi from opening the scoring on 65 minutes. 


The striker was fed through into space on the left-hand side, although his close range low shot was brilliantly smothered behind by the quick reactions of the legs of Garnham. 


While Keiran Morphew was on hand to clear away a dangerous cross into the box on 70 minutes, great play from the Marketmen saw the away side earn a corner a minute later.


Tevan Allen smartly threaded Dye into space on the right wing overlap where the defender's audacious cross into the box was crucially put behind by Fallowfield at the back post, with a yellow Needham shirt lurking. 


Needham remained determined to preserve their clean sheet, and force a deserved replay as Marcus Garnham dived low off his line to partially beat away a right wing cross into the box as far as the hosts who teed up Dyson in space whose close range strike was sidefooted wide of the bottom right-hand corner on 79 minutes. 


The Marketmen though had a great chance to snatch a late winner on 87 minutes, in amongst late York pressure, substitute Seth Chambers - fresh of the bench moments earlier - broke through the majority of the Minstermen's half onto the edge of the box but saw his low shot take a deflected through to the keeper guarding his left-hand post. 


Similaly, York's Zanda Siziba looked to have a late impact for York three minutes later, the substitute exploited space only to fire just over the crossbar from distance. 


Four minutes of added time was signalled, as York ramped up the pressure on the Needham goal, first Garnham timely rushed off his line to palm away a dangerous run on the right-hand side of the box while Akinyemi on the follow up saw his goal-bound shot towards the near, left-hand corner, herocially Superman-esque headed off the line by Jake Dye to earn his side a well deserved draw. 


The two sides meet again on Tuesday (7:45pm) in a replay to see who will advance to the First Round Proper, with Needham looking to do so for the 2nd straight season, while York will be looking to do so for the fourth successive season. 


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