Lights go out on Needham in FA Cup

NEEDHAM Market's FA Cup first qualifying round replay at Bloomfields last night was abandoned after 75 minutes due to problems with the floodlights. Two bulbs in one of the pylons went out and the match had to be abandoned with the home team leading 1-0.

NEEDHAM Market's FA Cup first qualifying round replay at Bloomfields last night was abandoned after 75 minutes due to problems with the floodlights. Two bulbs in one of the pylons went out and the match had to be abandoned with the home team leading 1-0.


Braintree Town 2 Fisher 3

BRAINTREE were looking to get back to winning ways after a bad defeat at Eastbourne on Saturday, but found themselves a goal down on 20 minutes against Fisher.

A smart move from midfield ended with Jeff Golding beating Souter in the Briantree goal with a low drive.

Things got worse for the Iron just before the break, when Golding scored an identical goal to his first.

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It was three just after the break, Golding scoring a penalty after a foul in the box to complete his hat-trick.

Braintree at last got on the scoresheet with a Bradley Quinton strike from 18 yards on the hour. On 85 minutes the Iron pulled another goal back. Louis Riddle was hauled to the ground and got up to send the Fisher keeper the wrong way from the spot, but it was too little, too late, and Braintree slipped to another defeat.


Brentwood 1 Bury Town 1

BURY created the better early chances before Brentwood took control and on 28 minutes Steve King headed home from a corner. Brentwood continued to press forward but were unable to increase their lead.

Bury could have equalised on 63 minutes when Sam Reed got behind the Brentwood defence but he shot wide. Brentwood continued to have more of the play but failed to trouble Greygoose in the Bury goal.

Bury equalised on 79 minutes when Sam Reed fired home after a slick move through the centre. Bury were reduced to 10 men two minutes later when Danny Cornwell was sent off for a second bookable offence.


Needham Market 1 Grantham 0 (abandoned after 75 minutes)

THIS first qualifying round replay was abandoned after 75 minutes when two bulbs in one of the floodlight pylons went out and could not be repaired.

Grantham goalkeeper Ziccardi made a fine save from Glen Snell's 40-yard effort, but he was beaten after 17 minutes when a free kick taken by Snell was headed home by Mark Bailey.

Grantham relied on quick breaks but goalkeeper Jones only had to make one save.

Grantham started the second-half the most lively and a great volley by Jason Miett from a pass by Wilkinson was only inches wide. Craig Parker had a wonderful chance to put Needham two up but shot well wide with the goal at his mercy.


Lowestoft Town 5 Woodbridge Town 3

WOODBRIDGE were shellshocked at the start as Lowestoft scored within two minutes when Richard Woodrow hit a looping shot from 20 yards that flew over keeper Garnham. This was followed up two minutes later when a Craig Lewis cross found Darren Cockrill unmarked and he scored with a simple downward header. Shots rained in from all angles as Lowestoft went on overdrive and number three came on fourteen minutes when Stock played Poppy through with a precision pass and he side-footed past keeper Garnham, then from a totally oblique angle, way out on the right, came number four from the boot of Jamie Godbold, which soared into the top corner of the net as Lowestoft were firing on all cylinders taking a four-nil lead. But the second half had a totally different complexion, as Woodbridge kept playing the ball around and they got their justice 20 minutes into the second half, when Ben Seaman got amongst the home defence to plant the ball out of the reach of keeper Rix, then Lowestoft responded again on 78 minutes when Dale Cockrill drilled the ball home from 28 yards out then in a grandstand finale, keeper Rix denied Seaman a second goal in 84 minutes but were then gift wrapped their second goal when the ball was given to Aaron Churchyard who made no mistake. Woodbridge's best player of the second half, Paul Berry, finished off the scoring after a fine solo run at goal just before time ran out.


Tiptree United 4 FC Clacton 0

THE edge was taken off Tiptree's 4-0 Ridgeons League First Division win over FC Clacton on Tuesday night, with the very serious broken leg injury mid way through the second half to the Seasiders Matthew Preston, which caused the referee to take the teams off as they waited 40 minutes for an ambulance to make an appearance.

The only difference between the teams was that Tiptree took their chances while as the Clacton side despite having a fair share of the play were way off the mark when it came to hitting the target.

Luke Webster broke down to offside trap to go clear and beat Sam Quinn with a low cross shot. Clacton have to thank Quinn for keeping the score down with some very good saves.

The FC Clacton keeper was beaten again three times in the final 14 minutes, Lee Owen sent Dane Neilson to increase the lead after 76 minutes . Four minutes later Neilson crossed for Gary Hill to head the issue beyond doubt.

Richard Manning completed the scoring in the final minutes of the time added on.