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VIGGARS BRACE MAKES IT FIVE SUCCESSIVE WINS FOR MARKETMEN

Two wins in as many days extends Needham Market's winning run to five successive wins in all competitions following a second half Ryan Viggars brace at Kings Langley's Orbital Fasteners Stadium.


Manager Kevin Horlock made one change to Saturday's team that beat Mickleover at home by the same scoreline, with Seth Chambers returning to the squad, in place of Taylor Clark, and starting ahead of Ryan Viggars. 


The result also makes it four clean sheets in a row in all competitions (five in total), three of which have came in the league, coupled with the fact that it's the Marketmen's first away win at the third attempt this campaign and their second clean sheet on their travels. 


The Marketmen were arguably full value for their victory, as the visitors started brightly and had an early good chance after just two minutes, Ross Crane drove through well down the right wing, but after cutting inside onto the edge of the box his low shot was deflected behind for a corner. 


Seth Chambers meanwhile had the first shot on target five minutes later, although the forward's powerful shot from the left wing edge of the box was well held by the goalkeeper. 


A quick clever corner from Needham after 10 minutes saw Kyle Hammond's ferocious strike from Crane's low corner smack into the backside of a defender from the edge of the box. 


Soon after, good pressure from the Marketmen almost provided the first goal of the night, Chambers closed down the goalkeeper well, forcing the stopper to clear the ball away as far as Patrick Brothers, whose awkward first time 35-yard shot went wide of the target and straight to the relieved goalkeeper Hafed Al-Droubi.


Danger man Jacob Lay was then threaded through well inside the box, the winger cleverly teed the ball up for the arriving Crane, though the latter's shot was well blocked after 16 minutes. 


Just five minutes later, Patrick Brothers was denied by a smart reflex save from Hafed Al-Droubi, the midfielder exploited space well to advance onto the left-hand edge of the box, only for his low fierce strike to be beaten away well by the diving goalkeeper at his near post. 


After great team passing play, Needham broke through once again, moments later. Jake Dye was threaded through down the left-hand side, though his dangerous low ball across the six yard box was cleared behind for a corner. 


Two minutes later, a brilliant long ball from Kyle Hammond released Jacob Lay through inside the box, albeit the winger couldn't quite control the ball as well as he would've liked. 


Once again, more great pressure from Seth Chambers forced a brief scary moment for the home goalkeeper on the half-hour mark. The striker hared down the left wing in search of a great long ball, resulting in the goalkeeper rushing out off his box to clear the ball away, only for his clearance to cannon back off the leaping striker's back and just wide into the near side-netting of the Langley goal. 


The chances continued to fall for the Marketmen on 41 minutes, Ross Crane hared through down the right wing before seeing his low driven ball across the face of goal well held by the 'keeper. 


At the other end however, Kings Langley had their first real chance of the night a minute later, a cutback from the left-hand side picked out Jellis in space, but the latter's first time shot went just wide of Shorten's bottom right-hand corner.


In response, the Marketmen, sporting their yellow away kit, tested Al-Droubi once more just before the interval, this time Kyle Hammond was fed into space on the right-hand edge of the box before unleashing a ferocious low shot at goal, which was well saved by the goalkeeper down at his near post. 


Kings Langley however started the second half the brighter, but found the visiting defence tough to break down, Adebiyi meanwhile latched onto a great ball across the face of goal at the far left hand post, but his angled shot went wide into the side-netting after 52 minutes. 


A superb block ahead of the goal-line however denied the hosts' shot following a corner, while Fin Shorten was on hand to beat away Jellis' long range fierce strike down at his near left-hand post. 


After that though the Marketmen, reinvigorated by substitute Ryan Viggars, broke the deadlock on the hour mark. The Charlton Athletic loanee, who had only been on the pitch five minutes, picked up his maiden Needham goal on what could potentially be his final appearance of his loan spell, after smashing home the loose ball into the middle of the net from close range, 1-0 Needham.


Although Kings Langley saw a left wing free-kick shot just wide at the far post five minutes later, the Marketmen went straight up the other end and doubled their lead in clinical fashion. 


Like buses, Viggars quickly notched his second Needham goal in just six minutes, benefiting from a sumputous defence splitting pass from Jacob Lay, to break through down the left-hand side of the box with just Al-Droubi to beat, which he duly did as the striker confidently fired home into the bottom near corner from close range, 2-0 Needham.


Noah Collard on the other hand fired over the crossbar from outside the box seconds later, while an offside flag denied the midfielder what would've been his first goal of the season. After Crane threaded the former through smartly on the left-hand overlap, Collard's strike from a tight angle was deflected into the roof of the net.


The home side though forced a fine save out of Fin Shorten four minutes into stoppage time. With the last noteable action of the game, the hosts threaded a man through down the left-hand side whose low shot across goal was well held by Shorten. 


Needham's attention now switches to Saturday's Emirates FA Cup Third Qualifying Round home clash with Isthmian Premier Division side Brightlingsea Regent on Friday 30th September (8pm). 


Kings Langley:-

1 Hafed Al-Droubi

2 Ryan Case

3 Alexander Lafleur

4 Jorell Johnson

5 Aryantaj Tajbakhsh

6 Jaden Ogwuazor (15' Parkes)

7 James Mulley

8 Emmanuel Adebiyi (67' Tajbakhsh)

9 Kennedy Feyi (HT' Keller)

10 Harrison Crawford (c)

11 Jamie Jellis

Subs:

12 Cain Keller

14 Noyan Tajbakhsh

15 Wilson De Carvalho

16 Deago Dunbar-Bonnie

17 Jordan Parkes


Needham Market:-

1 Finlay Shorten

2 Kyle Hammond

3 Jake Dye

14 Christian Frimpong

5 Keiran Morphew (c)

6 Daniel Morphew

7 Jacob Lay

8 Noah Collard (80' Fitzgerald)

9 Seth Chambers (55' Viggars)

10 Patrick Brothers (89' McGrath)

11 Ross Crane

Subs:

12 Tom Fitzgerald

15 Ryan Viggars

16 Jamie McGrath

17 Evan Collard

18 Hugh Cullum 


Booked: Viggars (58'), N.Tajbakhsh (90'+1').


Needham Assist: Lay (66').


Goals: Viggars (60', 66').

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