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Amber Cantwell scored a late winner to help Needham’s Women to a comeback 2-1 victory over Wroxham at Bloomfields.

Needham failed to make any impression on the away goal in the first period as Wroxham held a deserved lead thanks to Lucy Bradford nipping in at the back post.

But the home side rallied in the second half and levelled thanks to a wicked Paige Wakefield free kick from 30 yards before Cantwell won the game with her first goal in Needham colours.

Evie McKane had made a smart save early on and the warning signs were there when the deadlock was finally broken in the 28th minute as Wroxham broke into the box and the ball found its way to Bradford at the back post to slam home.

Half time was much needed for Needham, and it showed as they came out all guns blazing like a team possessed in pursuit of turning the game around.

Wroxham hit the bar from a debatable free kick but from there it was all the home side.

Ellie Rossiter missed a couple of good chances as the pressuregrew with it was not long until the equaliser arrived thanks to a brilliant curling Wakefield free kick from about 30 yards that squeezed into the corner via a deflection off the post.

The pressure continued as Wakefield went close again withanother free kick from further out that was misjudged by the goalkeeper but luckily for her, she managed to palm it against the post and away.

It started to get nervy late on but the moment that has been in the offing for a while finally happened as Cantwell showed great skill to burst into the box before poking the ball home from close range – a goal she enjoyed even more against one of her former clubs.

The game wasn’t over though as Wroxham were denied a late equaliser by a fabulous Niamh Thomas sliding block tackle on the line to deny a certain goal as Needham held on to another very important three points.




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