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Needham Market (A) 12/09/17
11th Sep, 2017 at 12:17am
 
A first visit to Needham Markets, Bloomfields, for me on Tues evening and
an opportunity to possibly witness our first points on the road this term.
https://www.footballgroundmap.com/ground/bloomfields/needham-market

The Marketmen have certainly had the better of our previous Isthmian League encounters.....
http://www.lowestofttownfcfansforum.co.uk/cgi-bin/Forum/YaBB.pl?num=1476136175
.......and they will probably start as favourites for this game too.

Again we find ourselves as the lowest placed Suffolk team in the league, and that will not change, whether we win, lose or draw. Not so much a must win game, but more a not lose. That was said of Kingstonian too 🤔
However if we don't get a win soon, we run the risk of getting cut adrift and involved in a relegation battle.

Richard Wilkins has had a steady start as NM manager....
http://www.needhammarketfc.co.uk/news/marketmen-in-the-press-1836853.html
They currently sit in 15th spot with 8pts from 6 games.

Burgess Hill Town
1-1
Thurrock
2-1
Wingate & Finchley
0-1
 Folkestone
2-0
Brightlingsea Regent
0-3
Tooting & Mitcham United
1-1


Callum Harrison provides their main threat....
http://www.needhammarketfc.co.uk/teams/184928/the-team
Sam Nunn has been their man of the match on six occasions this season so it could be that the winner of the Nunn/Reed duel will settle this one.
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Re: Needham Market (A) 12/09/17
Reply #1 - 11th Sep, 2017 at 8:34am
 
John Sands is a long-term injury and he could be out for the season. I'm pretty sure Leacock can play as his suspension doesn't kick in yet and we should hopefully have both Smith and Fisk available again for selection. That's the positives.

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Reply #2 - 11th Sep, 2017 at 9:25am
 
Straight replacements for Jarvis and Humphrey maybe? Even though I'd be tempted to have White at left wing-back instead of Smith, if Needham have any pace in their attacking ranks. However, right footed players on the left isn't always the best in wing-back or defensive roles.

Will certainly be interesting to see if we make changes (move away from one up top) and how we line up. Cole did well in the middle but for me he has to be in the back three to provide the pace that is lacking to various degrees with Leacock, Westlake and McAuley.

Our lack of pace, quality and left-footed players on that left side is seemingly our only real concern at present, in my opinion. So maybe Cole on the left side of the back three might help give a bit more cover. It's a real conundrum though at left wing-back; as Humphrey looks to be out of his depth at present, Smith has the quality but not the pace of yesteryear, while White has the pace and quality but is predominately right-footed.

Interesting times but I'm sure we will work it.

COYB, lets grab some points in this game!
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Reply #3 - 11th Sep, 2017 at 5:50pm
 
Totally agree with you blueblood re one up front, that system is obviously not working and worringly is putting to much pressure on Reedy I thought on Saturday when we brought on Bammo he would play alongside Reedy but no he went on the wing !!!
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Reply #4 - 12th Sep, 2017 at 12:41pm
 
A word of warning - Anyone considering coming back via A14/Orwell bridge, bear in mind there are strong winds forecast later tonight which may close it - just got that off BBC Suffolk.

Weather could be quite wet and windy for the match so this factor will be quite a leveler but it could blow through quickly, lets hope we a get good rub of the green this time.
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Reply #5 - 12th Sep, 2017 at 1:16pm
 
swallows wrote on 11th Sep, 2017 at 5:50pm:
Totally agree with you blueblood re one up front, that system is obviously not working and worringly is putting to much pressure on Reedy I thought on Saturday when we brought on Bammo he would play alongside Reedy but no he went on the wing !!!


In that particular case on Saturday, it was fair enough. As we were down to ten men and it would have been silly to have changed to two up top with us also 2-1 up at the time. Bammant came on to help protect the lead, which is why it was so annoying that we let it slip with two unmarked goals.

The 4-1-4-1 system doesn't appear to work in an attacking sense, as the midfield aren't getting up to support Reed. However, prior to the injuries to Reed's potential strike partners (Bammant and Daniels.......also not forgetting Greenleaf) the 3-5-2 or 3-4-1-2 system was working and it was only a number of missed chances that stopped us from reaping the points our performances deserved.

Lets hope we go back to that, now that all the strikers are fit again. As that formation (prior to the injuries) was at least seeing us create chances and we're bound to start putting them away soon!
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Reply #7 - 12th Sep, 2017 at 7:33pm
 
Half time 0-0.

Reed off with a knock just before half time, Hodd replaces him.
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Reply #8 - 12th Sep, 2017 at 8:15pm
 
Dudzinski saves penalty he originally conceded. still 0-0.
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Reply #9 - 12th Sep, 2017 at 8:17pm
 
Bammant off Greenleaf on.
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Reply #10 - 12th Sep, 2017 at 8:21pm
 
Needham Market 0-1 Lowestoft Town - Josh Greenleaf with pretty much his first touch. 76 minutes.
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Reply #11 - 12th Sep, 2017 at 8:23pm
 
GOAL!! And Greenleaf makes it two in as many minutes! Takes a beautiful through ball near halfway and passes keeper Needham Market 0-2 Lowestoft Town.
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Reply #12 - 12th Sep, 2017 at 8:40pm
 
Full time; Needham Market 0-2 Lowestoft. Att 294.

After Dudzinski saves a penalty, Josh Greenleaf comes on and scores 2 goals in 2 minutes to give town their first league away win of the season.
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Reply #13 - 12th Sep, 2017 at 11:17pm
 
First Half - Forgettable and we were lucky to go in 0-0 as Needham missed two excellent chances. Nothing of note from Lowestoft other than an over-hit cross.

We actually played well in the 2nd half and played at a much higher tempo than we have of late (on an excellent surface). About 20 minutes to go, Needham are awarded a penalty after Ben was adjudged to have brought down their attacker in the box. Ady blew a gasket and almost internally combusted in rage. Ben to the rescue - he produces a magnificent save low to his right and a Needham player inexcusably blasts the rebound over the bar with an empty net in front of him.

Our luck was in for once, more so when Bammant had to be replaced with some sort of strain. Enter Josh Greenleaf. Only minutes after coming on, he sprints down the right wing and blast a shot into the far corner from the corner of the 18 yard box. 0-1. A minute later, he runs off the last shoulder and is clean through and calmly slots it home like a seasoned pro. Game over.

Both Jake and Bammant picked up knocks and must be doubts for Saturday and Zelonka was struggling late in the game.

Hopefully that missed penalty is the turn of luck we need to kick-start the season.
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Reply #14 - 12th Sep, 2017 at 11:55pm
 
A blustery evening with rain in the air saw us defeat a committed but ineffective Needham Market 2-0. Our first win on the road, that doubles our points tally for the season, but still leaves us in 22nd spot.

Bloomfields is one of the better playing surfaces we've performed on this season but in a first half dominated by the hosts, we resorted to the long punt up to an isolated Jake Reed again.
The better chances fell to Needham with Gareth Heath pulling the strings in midfield. The cross to the back post was the home sides preferred route to goal and on three occasions they spurned the chances created with their forwards, notably Harrison, failing to connect. Both Barker and Humphrey were under pressure for much of the first 45 and we were fortunate to go into the break all square.

The second half proved to be more of an even contest with Hodd working tirelessly up and down the left flank providing support for Humphrey and giving the visitors an outlet for attacking forays into a well drilled Needham back line.

Perhaps the most influential man on the park was the referee whose decisions baffled players and spectators alike. His award of a penalty to the men in red was bizarre.
Dudzinski in attempting to smother the football was clattered by an on rushing attacker who stumbled over the keepers flailing left arm, and the ref, a good 25 yards from the incident, pointed straight to the spot. Justice was done when Dudzinski parried the weakly hit attempt and then kept out a strike from the rebound. 68 mins.

The game turned as it did on Saturday, with the introduction of a substitute. Not a big man this time but the fleet footed Josh Greenleaf on 74 mins, for a tiring and visibly struggling Bammant.

It took only two minutes for Greenleaf to open his Lowestoft account when he skipped past Nunn and Morphew, who had seemed an impenetrable centre back paring all evening, and blasted past Bradbrook for the opener. 76 mins.

He repeated the feat only two minutes later when again his pace did for the home defence and a hesitant keeper.

Despite the introduction of Holland and Sands, who both had shots on target, the home side couldn't find a way past Dudzinski.
He tipped the Holland effort onto the bar and  punched the Sands strike to safety.

We won, but looked far from convincing all evening, until Greenleafs contributions.

With both Reed and Bammant withdrawn having suffered knocks, Greenleaf must be the first name on the team sheet for the cup game v Harlow on Saturday. Let's hope that we can record another clean sheet, collect the ££££s and get into the hat for the 3rd Qualifying round.

Five balls oog tonight and no winner.
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