RYMAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION: Farnborough 1 Needham Market 1
Needham Market climbed out of the relegation zone after Jordan Patrick’s first goal in a red shirt helped them draw 1-1 at Farnborough.
With Brentwood Town’s home game with Hampton and Richmond Borough postponed, the Marketmen needed just a point to climb out of the Premier Division bottom four.
And after Bogdan Vastsuk’s 26th minute penalty had given the hosts a 1-0 lead at the break, Patrick produced a stunning strike in the 65th minute to secure the point needed.
Mark Morsley made one change to the Needham side that started in the 2-1 win at East Thurrock United on Tuesday, with Patrick starting in place of the suspended Luke Ingram.
The Marketmen had boosted their chances of survival by winning their last three games, and began their first-ever game at The Rushmoor Community Stadium with plenty of confidence.
Adam Mills dragged a shot wide on eight minutes before Patrick’s cross was clawed away by Aaron Bufton in the Farnborough goal four minutes later.
Michael Brothers fired into the hands of Bufton in the 16th minute as Needham dominated the early stages of the contest.
However just as a breakthrough from the visitors looked imminent, Farnborough took the lead from the penalty spot.
Vastsuk raced through into the box and captain Keiran Morphew was adjudged to have sent the Reading loanee to the floor.
After Vastsuk saw his penalty kept out by Danny Gay, the Farnborough frontman reacted quickly to tuck away the rebound and give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
The goal gave the home side confidence and for the rest of the half Needham struggled to create the amount of chances they had done before going behind.
In fact it was Farnborough who could have gone further ahead before the break, with Gay twice coming to Needham’s rescue. Firstly rushing out to atone for Morphew’s mistake and clear the ball away, before tipping away Nicholas Brown’s strike on the stroke of half-time.
Needham regrouped in the second-half and were back on level terms after Patrick unleashed an unstoppable strike past Bufton in the 65th minute.
From then on it was the Marketmen who looked the most likely to strike next, as Sam Newson beat Bufton to a loose ball and found new boy Ollie Mann, who could only lift the ball wide of an inviting goal.
Newson and Jay Davies also had long range efforts go narrowly over the target, but in the end Needham had to settle for a point, which was enough to see them climb out of the relegation zone.
Farnborough Bufton, Barton, Broadbent, Fearn (c), MacDonald, Siaw, Ryan, Collins, Vastsuk, Brown (Francis 83), Zidyana. Subs: Dua, Joseph-Whittingham, Knight.
Needham Market Gay, Brown, Coakley, Fenn, Morphew (c), Whight, Patrick, Harrison, Brothers (Mann 60), Davies (Izzet 83), Mills (Newson 68). Subs: Thomas, Munson.
* Elswhere, Bury Town made it three straight wins in Ryman League Division On North, thanks to a 1-0 win at Waltham Abbey.
Republic of Ireland Under-18 capped Cemal Ramadan, who joined Bury ahead of the game from Ipswich Town’s academy, made it a debnut to remember with his 45th minute strike proving the difference to keep Bury in fifth place.