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Marketmen Pick Up First Win of New Season

Marketmen Pick Up First Win of New Season

By Drew Kendall
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Goals from Cambridge United debutants Neal (brace) and Foy give the Marketmen a strong first half lead, with Joe Marsden’s second half strike rounding off the victory.

Needham Market beat Bury Town 4-2 away from home, as clinical finishing edged the friendly in Needham's favour.

Bury though had the first two chances, the Blues' ball in from the left was shot over the bar from 6 yards out on 6 minutes. Eleven minutes in a Bury corner in on the left found Gardner from 6-yards out, though the header went over the bar. At the other end, Needham went close to scoring as a great cross in from the right saw Joe Neal at the far post cut it back to Sam Squire was was six yards out at the near post. The latter's low deft shot though was smothered well by the defender on 13 minutes. The Marketmen then had a great chance five minutes later, as Joe Marsden's shot from the right edge of the penalty area was blocked, with the rebound falling to Marsden whose second attempt curled well towards the top far corner- though on-loan Norwich 'keeper Barden got across well to keep it out with relative ease. On 23 minutes, Needham went close to opening the scoring as Neal got through on the right hand side in the box to run towards goal, though the low strike aimed towards the far corner was denied well by Barden's leg at his near post.

Bury though opened the scoring on 28 minutes, Crane's strike on the right six-yards from goal, Fin Shorten though seemingly made the save, though the ball ended up going under the young keeper and coming back of the far post. Ramadan then picked up possession on the right from a similar area to where the original shot was from. Ramadan finding the bottom right corner as Bury took a 1-0 lead. The lead though lasted just five minutes, as Needham drew level after Joe Marsden was set through down the right byline in the box to square across for Neal running in from a few yards out, the Cambridge United youngster guiding a great finish past Barden and into the bottom far corner to make it 1-1. Fellow United youngster Foy then tried his luck at goal on 27 minutes, Foy's strike from the right edge of the box took a deflection of a defender, looping up at goal though Barden took a routine catch jumping up on his line with a Needham man running in. Needham then took the lead 6 minutes before the break, as left-back Callum Sturgess' cross in on the left was partially cleared by Joe White as far as Matt Foy on the edge of the area, whose superb strike found the top left corner to give Needham a 1-2 lead.

Then on 41 minutes Needham had a half-chance, Joe Marsden's shot from the left edge of the box though was blocked. The Marketmen though made it 1-3 on 42 minutes, Joe White's pass across his own box was intercepted by Neal who brought the ball forward onto the left hand side in the area, drawing Barden two steps off his line, before cooly finishing into the bottom far corner, 1-3 Needham. That's how the half ended, with the Southern League (Central Premier Division side) leading their Isthmian North hosts 1-3.

HALF TIME: Bury Town 1-3 Needham Market

HT thoughts: Not much in the game, Needham the more clinical. Bury not making the most of their attacks, some of which went un-noted.

Needham started the second half like they ended the first, Craig Parker's shot from the edge of the box was blocked, the ball falling to Russell Short on the left edge of the box- the latter's strike though met the same fate on 47 minutes. Two minutes later, Bury had a chance as Cemal Ramadan was set through on the left inside the box from close range, where the striker spinned well past his defender though the shot went into the sidenetting at the near post. The Blues then went close on 51 minutes, Ollie Hughes racing down the left wing to the byline where the attacker's dangerous cross into the six-yard box forced Daniel Morphew to slice clear narrowly wide off his right post. Seven minutes later, Joe Marsden added a fourth Needham goal with a great low strike from the left edge of the box which dipped perfectly into the bottom far corner, 1-4 Needham. Needham substitute George Exworth then tested Bury keeper Barden, though his 25-yard strike went straight at the keeper on 71 minutes.

Bury though countered downfield instantly as trialist Nyaozayo's good strike from the edge of the box was heading towards the bottom right corner until Fin Shorten dived across and palmed behind well. Bury's centre-back though headed the corner wide at the far post. On 83 minutes Bury went close again, as a good ball through to substitute Emmanuel Machaya on the right close to goal saw the young striker shoot towards the bottom far corner. Shorten though got down well at his near post to palm away. A minute later, the Bury substitute was involved again- this time shooting low from the right edge of the box, but was accidentally blocked by teammate Tanner Call. The ball then fell to Nyaozayo from a similar position, the shot though was fired well over the top near corner. Bury however pulled a goal back two minutes into stoppage time, the hosts corner in on the left was partially headed away as far as Cruise Nyaozayo on the edge of the box. Nyaozayo turning well before unleashing a great low strike into the bottom left corner, after which the full time whistle shortly went as Needham won 4-2.

FULL TIME: Bury Town 2-4 Needham Market

FT thoughts Bury arguably deserve a second if not more. Needham were clinical when required. Both sides played decently though, been a good encounter taking the scoreline ought of the equation.

Bury Town:-
1 Daniel Barden
2 Ryan Stafford
3 Will Gardner (56' No.12)
4 Joe Hood
5 Joe White
6 Taylor Hastings
7 Ryan Crane
8 Ryan Jolland (87' Kennedy)
9 Ollie Hughes (c) (72' Machaya
10 Cemal Ramadan (59' Call)
11 Cruise Nyaozayo
12 Max Maughan
15 Emmanuel Machaya
Jake Chambers-Shaw
17 John Kennedy
14 Tanner Call
George Bugg (GK)

Needham Market:-
1 Fin Shorten
2 Jake Dye (73')
3 Callum Sturgess
4 Russell Short
5 Kieran Morphew (c)
6 Daniel Morphew (63' Exworth)
7 Joe Marsden
8 Craig Parker (73')
9 Matt Foy (63' N.Ingram)
10 Joe Neal (73')
11 Samuel Squire
12 George Exworth
14 Nick Ingram
15 Conor McLaughlin (73')
16 Luke Ingram (73')
17 Noah Collard (73')

Goals: Ramadan (28'), Nyaozayo (90'+2); Neal (33', 42'), Foy (39'), Marsden (58'),

Booked: Marsden (60')

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Fri 26, Jul 2019