Needham Market survive the weather and pick up three points as Colchester United loanee nets two as does Ian Westlake – other games off

Needham Market midfielder Ian Westlake

Needham Market midfielder Ian Westlake - Credit: James Ager

Ryan Melaugh and Ian Westlake both scored twice as Needham Market defeated Wroxham with a competent display in the wet at Trafford Park.

Ryan Melaugh and Ian Westlake both scored twice as Needham Market defeated Wroxham with a competent display in the wet at Trafford Park.

Four second half goals were enough to do the damage for Mark Morsley’s side who moved up to seventh in the Ryman North table, making the most of being involved in one of the few games to survive the weather.

Adam Mills netted the Marketmen’s fifth.

“It was a pleasing all round performance,” said Morsley.


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“The pitch was ok to be fair and credit to Wroxham for getting the game on.

“I wanted us to be more offensive and we were. We haven’t played for three weeks, although the guys have been training well and were really looking forward to a game.

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“I thought Richard Logan did really well for us, but it was an all-round team effort and sets us up nicely for Saturday’s game against Heybridge.”

Melaugh, on a season-long loan from Colchester United, was on the end of Westlake’s cross in the third minute to put Needham ahead, before Samuel Harty curled an equaliser. It was all level at the break, but two quick-fire goals from Westlake after Melaugh had put Needham back in front seemed to have sealed the points for the Suffolk side.

However Harty netted to make it 4-2, before Mills headed in Ingram’s cross on 88 minutes.

All other local games were called off and indeed only three survived in the Ryman North, while all games in the Ryman Premier were postponed.

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