The Non-League Football Paper - - BOSTIK LEAGUE - By Ben Clarke

A BRACE from Jamie Grif­fiths guided Need­ham Mar­ket to a 3-2 vic­tory, this against sec­ond-placed Mar­gate at Bloom­fields.

With both sides level on the half hour mark, it was the hosts who broke the dead­lock on 35 min­utes. Grif­fiths slot­ting be­yond ‘Gate goal­keeper Lenny Pidge­ley from close range.

How­ever, the lead was to prove rather short-lived as Jor­dan Chiedozie equalised on 45 min­utes. A player who has un­doubted abil­ity at this level and will be vi­tal in their pro­mo­tion am­bi­tions.

Grif­fiths scored his and Need­ham’s sec­ond goal on 71 min­utes. Luke In­gram’s de­ter­mined run and cross picked him out, be­fore he fin­ished em­phat­i­cally from 18 yards.

Daniel Mor­phew added a third from the spot on 84 min­utes, af­ter John Sands was pushed in the area.

On 89 min­utes, Jay May pulled a goal back for the vis­i­tors to en­sure a nervy fin­ish. De­spite four ad­di­tional min­utes, Need­ham held on for vic­tory.

It was a ter­rific home win for the Mar­ket­men against a Mar­gate side who had pre­vi­ously won seven games in suc­ces­sion.

The Reds are on the road on Sat­ur­day, when they face the Metropoli­tan Po­lice.

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