Ryman round-up: Needham Market seal stunning comeback, but Leiston lose to second-bottom Hendon

Sam Nunn scored Needham's winner.

Sam Nunn scored Needham's winner. - Credit: Archant

Needham Market completed a remarkable comeback on Saturday to win 4-3 at Ryman Premier Division promotion rivals Tonbridge Angels.

The Marketmen were 2-0 and 3-1 down, but stunned their opponents by turning around the result in dramatic fashion.

After Tonbridge headed into the break 2-0 up, courtesy of Ugo Udogi and Nathan Elder, John Sands got Needham back in contention.

Mitchell Nelson reinstalled the two-goal gap in the 52nd minute, but after Luke Ingram pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute, Reece Dobson equalised after 77 minutes.

And Needham’s miraculous comeback was complete when defender Sam Nunn bundled home from close range on 85 minutes.


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Meanwhile, Leiston recorded their fifth successive defeat on Saturday, after they lost 2-1 at second-bottom club Hendon who, before Saturday, had won just once in 16 home games this season in the Ryman Premier.

The Blues made a positive start to the game and took the lead after 22 minutes.

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Patrick Brothers picked up a loose pass in the midfield before threading through Matt Blake who coolly slotted home at the near post.

Leiston continued to create chances throughout the afternoon, but found home goalkeeper Tom Lovelock in brilliant form.

Hendon drew level after 41 minutes thanks to Keagan Cole’s curling shot, and took the lead three minutes into the second half when Reis Stanislaus finished off a good move.

Hendon had Arthur Lee sent off on 77 minutes, but Leiston couldn’t find an equaliser.

Lowestoft Town made it three Ryman Premier wins on the bounce with a fine 3-1 away victory against Burgess Hill Town.

Man-of-the-match Shaun Bammant opened the scoring for The Trawlerboys after just seven minutes, but Tyrell Richardson Brown soon equalised for Burgess Hill.

Jake Reed made it 2-1 to Lowestoft in the 35th minute, and the striker sealed the win with another goal four minutes from time.

In Ryman North, Bury Town fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Haringey Borough.

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