Laws prepared to wield the axe after home loss

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RYMAN LEAGUE

DIVISION ONE NORTH

Needham Market 2

Soham Town Rangers 3

by Sam Murley at Bloomfields

NEEDHAM Market manager Danny Laws has warned his players that he is ready to make changes to the starting line-up after Tuesday night’s 3-2 defeat to Soahm Town Rangers at Bloomfields.

Latest addition Jose Espinosa twice gave the hosts the lead with his first goals for the club, either side of a Tom Libertone equaliser.

But after Danny Thrower was dismissed for a second booking, the visitors took advantage and snatched victory with two goals in the final minutes from Matthew Robinson and substitute Richard Gammon.

It was the Marketmen’s first league home loss of the season but their second defeat in the space of four days after their FA Cup exit at the hands of Nuneaton Town on Saturday, leaving Laws to consider wielding the axe ahead of tomorrow’s FA Trophy Preliminary Round match away to Ramsgate (3pm).

“We will probably have to make one or two changes to the starting 11 and shake things up a bit because that level of performance just isn’t good enough,” he said.

“You have to look at individuals who made errors which led to goals and that unfortunately has to be taken into consideration.

“All the positives from the game quickly turn to negatives when you throw away a two goal lead.”

The hosts started the brightest and scored the only goal of a half lacking chances in the 12th minute when Thrower released Espinosa beyond the visitors defence and he made no mistake, cooly rounding the keeper before slotting into an empty net.

The second half started in contrast to the first, with the visitors enjoying the majority of chances.

And they didn’t have to wait long for an equaliser as in the 67th minute Libertone pounced on a dropped catch by Andy Plummer to stab the ball home.

There was again a lack of action for the remainder of the half until a frantic final 10 minutes saw a dismissal and three further goals.

Firstly came the turning point as Thrower, having previously been booked for dissent, mis-timed a challenge and left referee Adrian Sannerude no choice but to send him off.

Despite this, Needham regained the lead with seven minutes remaining, when Espinosa raced on to a Newson pass, stayed on his feet under pressure and slotted under Lea Jordan.

However it was not enough as the ten men succumbed to a final four minute collapse.

Cotton swung in another dangerous corner and this time Robinson made no mistake with his header, powering past Plummer at the near post, before Gammon, only on as a substitute seconds earlier, beat Gavin Johnson and Plummer to Denny Escorcio’s pass to squeeze the ball in with his first touch, gifting the visitors a dramatic victory.