Ingram and Whight on target as Needham keep up the promotion pace

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RYMAN LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Needham Market 2

Leatherhead 1

Needham Market remain firmly in the promotion hunt after they came from behind to defeat Leatherhead on Saturday.

The victory —Needham’s fifth at Bloomfields this term — sees the team third in the standings and just three points behind league-leading Bognor Regis Town.

After an even start to proceedings, the away side, who are managed by former Fulham, Wigan Athletic and Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard, broke the deadlock with 19 minutes on the clock.

The Needham defence could only clear a dangerous free-kick as far as Daniel Akindayindi and he made no mistake with the finish from close range.

However, it took the Marketmen only three minutes to level the scoreline up when Luke Ingram evaded two challenges before firing low beyond the reach of Louis Wells in the visiting goal.

And just five minutes later Mark Morsley’s men were in front after Ingram was fouled and Joe Whight curled the resultant set-piece into the top corner.

Leatherhead were the dominant force after the restart, but despite all of their pressure they were unable to find a way past Needham goalkeeper Danny Gay for a second time.

To compound their misery, Leatherhead were reduced to 10 men late on when Richard Seixas was handed his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

n Needham’s Alan Turvey Trophy tie at Ware was postponed on Wednesday due to the players getting stuck in traffic on the A120 on their way to the game.

It has since been rearranged for Tuesday, December 20 (7.45pm).

n On Saturday, Needham will switch their attention back to league matters when they travel to sixth-placed Enfield Town (3pm).

That is followed on Tuesday evening by a return to home comforts when Harlow Town, who sit ninth ahead of the weekend, will be the visitors (7.45pm).