Pressure fails to pay off as Needham are held

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NEEDHAM Market had to settle for a share of the spoils after a hard fought 1-1 draw away to Tilbury.

Duane Wright went into the referee’s book for a challenge on Worrell after 11 minutes and a minute later Tilbury were ahead when Eimel Aitken beat Needham keeper Jones with a strike from the edge of the penalty box.

The home side continued to use the strong wind to their advantage and created the better chances with Barnes and Read failing to test Jones.

Needham were finding it hard to get their football going and their task to level the match took another blow five minutes before the break when Wright received a second yellow card.

Aitken was booked for a foul on McGlone before Read had a good chance to put the home side two ahead at the break, but failed to make good contact and the half drew to a close with the game wide open.

Needham made good use of the wind in the second half and piled the pressure on Tilbury, with McGlone going close after 47 minutes and should have equalised three minutes later when Newson lobbed wide when through on goal.

Newson was booked for a foul on Worrell after 59 minutes before Needham got the equaliser they deserved just after the hour when Johnson headed on Rhys Barber’s long throw. However, after keeper Marrable had made a fine save Bradley Barber fired home the rebound.

Although Needham looked the likelier to win the game, Tilbury were still dangerous on the break with their best move of the half involving Barnes, Read and Henty failing to draw Jones into action after 65 minutes.

Newson’s run and shot over after 69 minutes signalled another spell of Needham pressure.

And Needham’s winner looked on the cards after 73 minutes when R Barber played Newson in on goal but Marrable blocked his effort.

McGlone fired over after 77 minutes but there were no further gilt edged chances and the match finished all square.