Needham Market and Felixstowe & Walton suffer damaging defeats

Felixstowe & Walton United's Miles Powell

Felixstowe & Walton United's Miles Powell - Credit: Archant

Fifth-bottom Needham Market suffered a damaging home defeat in the Ryman Premier last night, losing 3-0 at home to fellow strugglers, VCD Athletic, on Tuesday night.

After a goalless first half, the game came to life in the last 15 minutes when the visitors scored three goals without reply.

Donovan Simmonds gave VCD a 75th-minute lead, before Lheureux Menga added a second five minutes later.

Menga grabbed his second with three minutes to go.

Needham remain eight points clear of the relegation zone, but VCD have closed the gap on Mark Morsley’s side to nine points.

Meanwhile, Second-placed Felixstowe & Walton failed to take advantage of one of their two games in hand over leaders Norwich United, losing 1-0 at home to Kirkley & Pakefield in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

Miguel Lopez’s penalty gave the visitors the win, with Miles Powell missing from the spot then being sent-off in the second half for the Seasiders.

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Felixstowe remain 12 points behind the leaders in the table.