Needham Market Women returned to league action with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Kings Lynn at Bloomfields.
In a hard thought first half, Ellie Rossiter gave the hosts the lead, but chances were at a premium with both teams struggling for clear efforts at goal.
Kings Lynn started the second on the front foot, but the stuffing was taken out of them by a deflected Eva Hubbard strike before returning Jodie Sharp added the icing on the cake with a fabulous finish.
Needham started the better and probably should have had a penalty in the first minute when Amber Cantwell looked to have been fouled.
The game did start to settle, and the home side found themselves ahead when a Hubbard cross eluded Molly Hall but not Rossiter at the back post to tap home.
It was a physical affair, and the game went through large periods of inactivity as players stayed on the ground after some ‘robust’ late challenges from the visitors.
The second half saw Kings Lynn start brightly to put pressure on the home side, but they were stopped in their tracks on the hour mark.
Hubbard twisted and turned in the middle of the field before moving forward to take aim at goal with it taking a massive deflection to loop it up and over the stricken goalkeeper.
After the second goal Needham relaxed and started to look dangerous in the hunt for more goals.
The final goal of the game was an absolute beauty from Sharp, who has been out for a long while with an unspecified injury, when she received the ball about 20-25 yards and curled a beauty into the roof of the net.
Needham could and maybe should have had more but had their 16-year-old goalkeeper, Daisie Gibbs, to thank for keeping a clean sheet with a fantastic tip over late on.
The win moves the team up to third, level with our Suffolk rivals Sudbury, while it keeps us firmly on Luton’s heels at the top of the table.