Goalkeeper scores injury-time equaliser as Needham Market go top of Ryman Premier League

Danny Gay

Danny Gay

Goalkeeper Danny Gay scored a dramatic last-gasp equaliser to earn Needham Market a point at Canvey Island and send the Marketmen to the top of the Ryman Premier League on Tuesday evening.

Gay struck in the fourth minute of injury time as Mark Morsley’s men fought back from a goal down to leapfrog Suffolk rivals Leiston at the top of the table.

Former Canvey striker John Sands had earlier given Needham a sixth-minute lead, before Joel May scored at the second attempt after Gay had saved his initial spot kick.

Harrison Chatting then put the Essex side into the lead before Gay’s late, late intervention.

Leiston have the chance to go back to the top tonight with a point at Grays Athletic.

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