DIVISION ONE NORTH
Cheshunt 1 Needham Market 8
NEEDHAM Market got back winning ways in Ryman League Division One North and continued their impressive recent form with an emphatic 8-1 victory away to Cheshunt on Saturday.
The visitors made three changes from Wednesday’s 6-0 Suffolk Premier Cup win over Woodbridge, with Johnson, Thrower and Bradley Barber replacing Rhys Barber, Scott Chaplin and James Evans.
The hosts saw off the early Needham dominance and could have taken the lead on 16 minutes but Jordan Williams couldn’t finish Sam Ruff’s cross, shooting wide when well-placed.
And he was made to rue the missed opportunity as the Marketmen opened the scoring as Sam Newson picked out stike partener Jose Espinosa who ran on to the long ball to finish.
The visiotrs seized contol of the match and doubled their lead after 22 minutes when Angelo Harrop fed Newson in to score from close range.
Number three arrived four minutes later when Danny Thrower’s shot was deflected in past Joe Wright.
Despite Needham’s dominance, Cheshunt pulled a goal back after 36 minutes when Kevin Ashwood managed to guide his header over the advancing Andy Plummer.
However, Needham immediately restored their three goal lead as Harrop converted Duane Wright’s cross, via the inside of the post.
On the stroke of half-time midfielder Bradley Barber fired home a free kick to give the visitors a comfortable 5-1 lead in to the break.
After the interval, Cheshunt adopted a more attacking strategy and despite enjoying plenty of possession they failed to offer any real threat.
To make matters worse, Newson converted Harrop’s free kick at the near post after 70 minutes, before turning provider for Chaplin who netted with 11 minutes to play.
Cheshunt finally drew Plummer in to action with a good save from Ashwood after 87 minutes, but Deakin Napier rounded off the comfortbal victory moments later with Needham’s eighth goal.