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Needham Market returned to winning ways, moving a point behind leaders Redditch United, with 4 games in hand, with a clinical 2-0 home win over AFC Telford United.

Dylan Williams dropped to the bench with Seth Chambers, who had recently been on trial with Barnsley, Aldershot and Ipswich Town, back in the starting eleven.

Prior to the 2nd v 5th place clash, Telford had not lost in the league since the two sides met in September, 16 games ago, when Luke Ingram struck twice in the first half to pick up 3 big points for the Marketmen.

The first half was a tentative affair, though Needham keeper Marcus Garnham denied Remi Walker in the 6th minute - swatting his shot over, with the stopper again denying the winger soon after - helping his 15th minute low shot wide.

Adam Mills meanwhile saw a shot deflected just wide for a corner on 29 minutes, while the winger saw a close range shot well saved by Brandon Hall 7 minutes later.

The Marketmen took the lead 3 minutes after the break as Dan Morphew poked home from a corner, following Seth Chambers' header being saved on 48 minutes.

The home side were dominant after breaking the deadlock, and almost doubled their lead on 71 minutes as MOTM - chosen by match sponsors Clarke Fencing Chambers shot just over following McGrath's flick on.

Telford however thought they'd pulled a goal back two minutes later, following a header from a corner, but was ruled out for a foul.

Needham though doubled their advantage in clinical fashion, Seth Chambers broke through on goal before finishing smartly on 76 minutes.

Needham continued to defend resolutely as Garnham thwarted Telford smartly as the game entered the final ten minutes, tipping over a shot superbly.

Needham almost added a third at the death, Kyle Hammond however shot just wide after a great run from substitute Nico Valentine.

Manager Kevin Horlock said, "Yeah, that was massive today. Obviously, everyone's aware Telford have obviously been on a really good run, not lost for 17 games, which was the last time we played them and beat them. So they're in amongst it. So it was a big game in terms of them needing to win to really kick on. But from our point of view, to bounce back after last week's disappointment shows the character the lads have got, togetherness and it wasn't a spectacle first half by any means. For the second half, we stepped on to them and dominated the game and could have won by more.

I think we had a little spell where we was on top and then obviously the first goal come, albeit a little tapping, but it was massive. And then we had a 15 minute spell where it looked like there was going to be more following soon after they didn't. And then obviously Seth (Chambers)'s popped up, who I thought was exceptional today, holding the ball up, running the channels.

He just looks like a real goal threat and obviously starting to realise his potential. And it was a good finish on his left foot. And I thought, look, we did. But we didn't do it with any real aggression and cause them too many problems First Half. Apart from Mills, it was probably half chance.

Needham travel to Berkhamsted on Saturday.


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