Weekend round-up: Needham Market overcome the odds to reach play-offs

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Needham Market will travel to Witham Town on Tuesday in the semi-finals of the Ryman League Division One North play-offs after an incredible afternoon at Bloomfields.

With the Marketmen needing to win, fifth-placed Thurrock to lose and a six-goal swing take place in difference, Needham thrashed Chatham Town 7-1.

Sam Newson was among the scorers with a hat-trick as Needham took advantage of Thurrock’s 2-1 defeat to Tilbury.

Ryan Crisp bagged a brace while there was also a strike for Michael Brothers and an own goal among Market’s super seven.

Log on to www.buryfreepress.co.uk/sport/live-sport to follow Witham Town v Needham Market live on Tuesday (7.45pm).

In the Ryman Premier, Bury Town ended their season with a 4-2 loss at Thamesmead Town, despite a double from Anthony Roulston to initially fight from 2-0 down.

Log on to www.buryfreepress.co.uk/sport/live-sport to follow the Suffolk Premier Cup final between Bury Town and Felixstowe and Walton United on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Thetford Town’s survival hopes go down to the final day of the season after they failed to capitalise on several chances and lost 1-0 to Haverhill Rovers.

Walsham-le-Willows ended their home campaign with a 3-2 success over FC Clacton to move up to eighth.

In the First Division, Stowmarket Town lost 3-2 at Great Yarmouth Town, Team Bury were beaten 2-0 at home by Braintree Town Reserves and — on Friday — Needham Market Reserves lost 4-0 at Cornard United.

Norwich City slipped back into the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after their 4-0 defeat at Manchester United was followed by a 4-0 win for Sunderland over Cardiff City.

Ipswich Town’s Sky Bet Championship play-off hopes ended with a 1-0 defeat at promoted Burnley.