DIVISION ONE NORTH
Needham Market 4
Maldon and Tiptree 1
RETURNING striker Tommy Smith is determined to do all he can to help the club achieve promotion after starring in Needham Market’s emphatic 4-1 victory over Maldon and Tiptree.
The substitute capped off a comfortable display for the Marketmen two minutes from time, adding to strikes from Rhys Barber, James Evans and Danny Bloomfield, in between a consolation from the spot for Liam Coleman.
After helping Needham secure their first victory in five matches, Smith, who answered manager Danny Law’s call to make a comeback after a spell away from the game, revealed he believes the club can still gain promotion despite their recent dip in form.
“Im delighted to be back and helping the lads out. I’ve been out of the game a while, but it is great to be back and get a goal,” he said.
“I got a text from the manager asking if I could do him a favour and I owe him a lot so it was great to come back and good to get the goal.
“I will give the manager whatever I can and if I’m needed I will do my all.
“Every team has its blips, but we are still in a great position and three points from this game will help us to push on again.
“I think we have a good chance of promotion, we just need to keep the boys together and keep the positive results coming.”
From the early periods of the first half, the hosts seized control and opened the scoring in the 22nd minute through captain Barber.
Finishing a flowing move involving Danny Thrower and Bloomfield, Barber recieved the ball inside the area before firing a right foot shot beyond Scott Stevens and into the bottom left corner.
Just a minute later it was 2-0 as Evans doubled the home side’s advantage.
Angelo Harrop’s corner from the left found Evans on the edge of the area and after seeing his initial attempt blocked, the defender unleashed a stinging right foot shot into the bottom left corner to put his side in a commanding position going into the interval.
After the break the visitors began to find a way into the game and created their first real opening in the 50th minute as Ross Hall’s header from Sos Yao’s cross was turned round the post smartly by keeper Liam Jones.
However, just five minutes later, Needham extended their lead further as Bloomfield punished a static Maldon defence, racing on to debutant Lee McGlone’s pass before calmly slotting a left foot shot under Stevens.
In the 70th minute the visitors were gifted a way back into the game as Gavin Johnson was adjudged to have handled Joe Pearman’s cross and Coleman kept his cool to send Jones the wrong way, smashing the spot-kick into the bottom left corner.
However, it would prove to be nothing more than a consolation as moments before the full time whistle Smith capped off his comeback, capitalising on Billy Coyne’s mistake to guide a right foot shot into the bottom right corner and get the Marketmen back to winning ways.