Needham Market maintain play-off push with victory over AFC Sudbury
- Credit: James Ager
Needham Market beat AFC Sudbury 2-0 in the big Suffolk derby last night, to consolidate their push for a Ryman League North play-off place.
The hosts won thanks to a first-half opener from Ryan Crisp and a 79th minute penalty by Kem Izzet.
Needham certainly deserved their 1-0 lead at half-time. They started brightly and Chris Hogg was twice denied by keeper Alex Archer from goal-bound headers. Archer also thwarted Crisp on a one-on-one situation, but was powerless to prevent Crisp from volleying home in the 16th minute.
Sudbury threatened an equaliser in the 21st minute, but Jamie Forshaw’s long-range shot was diverted wide by Andrew Plummer.
Needham continued to look the more dangerous during the early stages of the second half. Izzet headed over the bar and onto the top of the net, while Ollie Fenn also headed over from a cross by Dave Cowley. The second goal finally arrived with 11 minutes remaining, Izzet tucking home a penalty, given for handball. This was a sixth straight win for Needham.