DIVISION ONE NORTH
Needham Market 4 Tilbury 1
by Sam Murley at Bloomfields
NEEDHAM Market striker Sam Newson remains confident of reaching his pre-season goal target after netting his 21st in all competitions in the 4-1 victory over high flying Tilbury at Bloomfields on Saturday.
The Marketmen’s leading marks-man set himself a 30-goal target at the beginning of the campaign.
And after his latest strike, which was added to by Danny Thrower, Duane Wright and Danny Bloomfield in an emphatic win, the 23-year-old already looks set to eclipse his own expectations.
Newson has relished filling the void left by last season’s 42-goal top scorer Craig Parker, now of Chelmsford City, and after racing to 13 league goals in just 12 games, the hot-shot is more than happy to shoulder the added responsibility of stepping out of Parker’s shadow.
“Thirty goals is still my target and if I can get anymore than that it will be a bonus,” he said.
“Craig scored a lot of goals last year and somebody has got to take that responsibility on.
“I don’t mind stepping into that void, I am more than happy to do that and take that pressure.
“It was a big result for us and it puts us in the top two, which is where we want to be. Beating a team that were second keeps us moving forward and in the right direction.”
The hosts started brightly and broke the deadlock within the two minutes through a clever corner routine.
Bradley Barber’s driven delivery was dummied by Angelo Harrop for Thrower, who unleashed a left-footed drive from the edge of the area into the bottom right corner.
However, the lead did not last long as Tilbury grabbed an equaliser in the 16th minute through Emiel Aiken’s well-taken left-footed curled effort from the right-hand side of the area, which left Andrew Plummer with no chance.
Despite this, Needham continued to dominate and took a lead into half-time as Newson struck five minutes before the break, racing on to a Harrop pass to round the keeper and slot home with ease.
After the interval, the visitors continued to struggle to create clear chances and after Jose Espinosa and Barber both missed opportunities, Needham extended their lead with 10 minutes remaining as Wright rose highest to head home Harrop’s corner.
Deakin Napier was introduced to proceedings in the 86th minute, replacing Newson, and within seconds he was in the thick of the action.
Racing past Bradley Barnes on the right, the winger cut into the area before picking out the fellow substitute Bloomfield to wrap up victory and send the hosts to second in the league.