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UNBEATEN RUN ENDS IN FRUSTRATING HOME DEFEAT

Needham Market's 5 match unbeaten run ended with a 1-2 frustrating home defeat to Barwell.


The visiting Canaries though had the first chance in the fourth minute, Davidson-Miller squeezed into space to shoot from the right-hand edge of the box, though his fierce strike took a deflection away from the top near corner with Marcus Garnham well positioned to catch well to make sure. 


Two minutes later though, a terrific strike from Kyle Hammond put the Marketmen in front, Dylan Williams fed the full-back into acres of space on the right-hand edge of the box who duly smashed a ferocious strike that arrowed into the bottom far corner for his fifth goal of the season, 1-0 Needham.


It nearly got better for Kevin Horlock's side, with great play from the Marketmen seeing Luke Ingram break through free down the right wing before slotting Luke Brown into space down the near side of the penalty area, the striker's first time instinctive neat flick looked to thread Williams through in goal but the goalkeeper read it well to race off his line and just get there first, keeping the score at 1-0 after 14 minutes. 


Barwell though levelled proceedings two minutes later, a left wing corner saw a close range shot palmed away by Garnham at his near post as Donnery netted from point blank range, 1-1.


Kyle Hammond then had a great chance to pick up, what would've been, his third brace of the season in the 21st minute. The ball sat up kindly for the goalscorer, who had found space from 35-yards out on the left-hand side, to lash towards goal, but for his strike on the half-volley to go narrowly wide of the far post. 


Great passing play from the home side saw them have another great chance on 25 minutes, clever passing linkup play between Kyle Hammond and Taylor Clark saw Brown then tee up Ingram in space on the edge of the box, whose shot curled wide of the top far, left-hand, corner. 


Needham meanwhile went close again on the half-hour mark as a ferocious left with tight angle effort was turned just wide of the far post by the head of a Barwell defender for a corner, while Kyle Hammond was fed into space once more by Williams, albeit this time his 30-yard strike was blasted off target as both sides ultimately went in at half-time level, though the home side had arguably had the better chances. Needham though were dealt another potential injury blow as captain Keiran Morphew was substituted five minutes before the interval for Hugh Cullum - who was chosen as Man Of The Match after the final whistle. 


Into the second half, the home side again arguably had the better of the chances but somehow couldn't convert them into goals, as Luke Brown saw a 40-yard low strike blocked on 52 minutes. Four minutes later however, Barwell scored what proved to be the winning goal as Donnery's shot down the left-hand side of the box was headed home into the far corner by Davidson-Miller.


The Marketmen went agonisingly close to drawing back onto level terms in the 59th minute, Ross Crane was fed into space onto the right-hand edge of the box whose ferocious shot on the turn went a centimetre wide of the bottom far corner. 


Two minutes later though, a Barwell right wing free-kick found a man, who had his back to goal, free at the far post whose hooked effort went just wide of the bottom near corner. 


Needham meanwhile saw Ingram leap highest to meet a right wing corner on 62 minutes, but his header towards goal was blocked by a defender with appeals for a handball waved away by the referee.


Crane then cut inside onto the right-hand side of the box six minutes later, only to see his low ferocious shot blocked before the winger did similarly in the 70th minute whose powerful dipping strike from the right-hand edge of the box went just wide of the top far corner. 


Barwell meanwhile fired a shot on the turn, from the edge of the box, just over the bar on 78 minutes, while Crane was denied by a smart save from Wycherley in the 84th minute. The winger's low fierce strike towards the bottom right-hand side was creeping in until the goalkeeper dives down well to beat the strike away, but only as far as onrushing substitute Seth Chambers who could only blaze his shot over the bar.


Needham went close again two minutes later, a long ball was flicked on by the head of Crane towards substitute Jacob Lay who had broke through on goal, past the defence, but for a crucial defensive interception to take the ball away from the winger and behind for a corner. The resulting set-piece however saw a Needham shot sail over the crossbar. 


Dylan Williams' dangerous free-kick on the right-hand edge of the box on 89 minutes then saw the midfielder's audacious set-piece headed agonisingly just over the top left-hand corner by a Needham player, as Barwell survived more late pressure from the home side in stoppage time with Marcus Garnham just beaten to a free-kick swung into the penalty area. 

 

Horlock's side travel to Alvechurch on Friday (3pm), ahead of hosting Suffolk rivals Leiston on Monday (1pm).


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