Both managers happy with a point in Suffolk derby at Bloomfields

Adam Mills, flying high for Needham Market after putting the Marketmen 2-1 up against Leiston. Photo

Adam Mills, flying high for Needham Market after putting the Marketmen 2-1 up against Leiston. Photo: BEN POOLEY. - Credit: Archant

Both Needham Market manager Richard Wilkins, and Leiston boss Glenn Driver, were content with a point from yesterday’s 2-2 draw at Bloomfields in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Central.

“It was a weird game really. I felt we had great opportunities to win it in the second half,” explained Wilkins.

“We had several three-on-threes, running at them with the pace that we have got, but we kept giving the ball away.

“That’s the only thing that I said to them at the end of the game – we have got to show more composure in those situations, because I thought we counter-attacked so well today.

“We were just a little hot-headed with some of our passes, and in the second half we tended to ignore the simple pass and go for the worldy at times.

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“I can’t fault the lads for their effort, although I’m disappointed with both their goals, because they were both shots from outside the box.

“We had a great period of 15 minutes in the second half when it looked like we were going to score, but (Leiston keeper) Marcus (Garnham) stopped them.

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“We dug in, and it proves how far we have come here as a team, after being well beaten at home by Leiston last year. They were also much better than us at their place as well, even though it was only 2-0 that day.

“We are moving in the direction, and we came back strongly from conceding the early goal to get a point,” added Wilkins.

Meanwhile, Leiston boss Driver said: “I thought a draw was a fair result.

“I thought they were the better side in the first half, and I thought we dominated the second period.

“I know it’s a cliche, a game of two halves, but I think we pinned them back in the second period, scored an equaliser and could have had a couple more.

“I didn’t think that we worked their keeper (Jake Jessup enough), and I thought their two centre-halves were outstanding against Jake Reed today. Overall, we come away with a point, which with our first-half performance we didn’t deserve to get. We needed to go on from scoring the early goal,” added Driver.

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