Two-goal lead is lost as search for away win continues

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Enfield Town 2 Needham Market 2

NEEDHAM Market threw away a two-goal lead to remain winless on their travels in 2011/12.

The home side’s keeper, Rob Blackbourne, had to go down smartly to deal with a dangerous run and cross from Sam Newson in the third minute.

Scott Chaplin’s shot was deflected for a corner after nine minutes as the visitors made the brighter start.

The hosts came more into the game and Andrew Plummer tipped away a Wallace header from Stevens’ cross after 16 minutes before Stuart Blackburne headed a Kane cross over from close range.

Plummer dealt easily with S Blackburne’s shot after 19 minutes before Newson fired over when well placed three minutes later.

Enfield were on top at the half-hour-mark, with Plummer pushing away Kane’s header and S Blackburne putting the ball over when clear through on goal after 36 minutes.

With the hosts not scoring in their period of pressure, Scott Chaplin’s turn and shot from the edge of the penalty area put the visitors ahead a minute later.

The half closed with R Blackburne having to push Newson’s 30-yard effort on to the post.

Needham replaced Deakin Napier with Craig Bussens at the break and, with the hosts feeling unlucky to be behind at half-time, worse was to follow as Newson left Kendall for dead and coolly slotted past the advancing R Blackburne in the 48th minute.

R Blackburne was in action again, having to push Thrower’s shot over after a good move involving Danny Bloomfield and Newson as the visitors made a good start to the second half.

Enfield pulled a goal back on the hour when Needham failed to clear and Walid Matata fired home.

A disgruntled S Blackburne was replaced by Hope a minute later as Enfield went looking for the equaliser.

The equaliser, which had looked on the cards, arrived after 76 minutes when, following a run and cross from Ailey, Liam Hope fired home from the edge of the penalty box.

There only looked one winner and the visitors picked up a booking apiece for Duane Wright and Bloomfield with Enfield’s McKay joining them for a foul on Bradley Barber.

Despite a couple of goalmouth scrambles, the hosts could not find the winner and referee Mr Yeo brought the competitive encounter to a close.