Late fightback fails to prevent defeat

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Needham Market 3,

Heybridge Swifts 4

A LATE comeback attempt failed to yield any points as Needham Market collapsed to a home defeat by Heybridge Swifts, continuing their poor run of form.

Heybridge’s Chris Bryan broke the deadlock after 22 minutes. Bryan beat his marker and ran through to finish with aplomb.

Two minutes later, the referee adjudged Bradley Barber had felled Russell Pond and Bryan converted the resultant penalty.

Bryan completed his first-half hat trick after 37 minutes with a simple chance that was well taken.

A stung home side quickly pulled one back. Just one minute after Bryan’s third goal, Barber made amends for conceding the penalty with a good finish.

Heybridge goalkeeper Jason Willis was then forced to make two great saves to deny Barber and Deakin Napier.

But the away team re-established their three goal advantage just before the break when Ofori’s cross was swept home by Bryan, who notched his fourth of the afternoon.

Needham dominated the second half but failed to convert possession into goalscoring opportunities. Fenn and Barber had good chances to score after the hour mark, but failed to hit the back of the net.

Needham managed a second goal on 82 minutes when Napier’s 25-yard effort eluded Willis.

Needham continued to surge forward and, after having what looked like a sound penalty appeal turned down, struck the back of the net for a third time.

Danny Bloomfield prodded home Barber’s headed pass two minutes in added time.