Easy for Eades as new boy clinches victory for Needham
SUBSTITUTE Jack Eades scored twice on his debut as league leaders Needham Market defeated 10-man AFC Sudbury 3-2 in the Ryman League Division North last night.
The 19-year-old, who signed on a month’s loan from Cambridge United 24 hours earlier, also supplied the cross for Craig Parker to head home Needham’s first goal.
Visitors Sudbury played their part in a blood and thunder Suffolk derby watched by 305 spectators and will consider themselves unlucky not to have claimed a point.
However, they were left facing an uphill task after Dave Wareham was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Needham goalkeeper Danny Gay with half an hour still to play.
During an even opening, Sam Newson, who was voted the sponsor’s man of the match, shot wide from Danny Thrower’s left wing cross after showing good control while at the other end Gay parried away Michael Shinn’s effort following James Baker’s astute pass.
Needham lost right winger James Evans midway through the half, to be replaced by Eades, after he was injured in a tangle with Jemel Fox before Michael Steward shot across the face of Sudbury’s goal.
It was Sudbury who took the lead in the 33rd minute from the penalty spot after Kevin Horlock clipped Danny Emmanuel as he pounced on a flip by Rhys Barber and rounded Gay.
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Horlock had an anxious wait before being shown a yellow card by referee Nicholas Cooper prior to Baker’s assured shot from the spot beating Gay low to his right.
Parker smashed a volley against the crossbar in the 36th minute from Thrower’s cross before his firm glancing header drew Needham level three minutes later.
Sheridan Driver produced a last-ditch tackle to deny Baker following Shinn’s well weighted through ball as Sudbury enjoyed a good spell at the start of the second period.
Baker and Emmanuel exchanged five passes in a delightful move down the right before the outlook on the game changed as Wareham received his marching orders after sliding into Gay as he made a challenge on the edge of the penalty area.
No sooner had play restarted than Jack Wignall floored Newson and Eades stepped up to send a 25 yard free kick through the wall and underneath Nick Eyre after 63 minutes.
However, Sudbury equalised just two minutes later, centre back Tom Devaux heading Shinn’s right wing free kick powerfully down and inside the near post.
Needham were not to be denied and after the ball pinballed around the Sudbury penalty area, Eades’ shot found the top far corner.
Parker limped off injured late on after going down under a tackle in a breakaway but Needham safely negotiated the five minutes of added time.