Bostik League round-up: Needham Market grab a late leveller, Bury Town win on the road
An entertaining, end-to-end game between Needham Market and Enfield Town ended 2-2 in the Bostik Premier, with the hosts rescuing a point in second half stoppage-time.
Following their impressive FA Cup victory against Chesham United, Needham looked to transfer that success into their indifferent start to the league campaign.
Their first real chance came on 18 minutes when Dan Morphew headed over the crossbar, before fellow centre-half Sam Nunn followed suit as his effort was off target four minutes later.
With half an hour played, Needham forward Luke Ingram’s strike hit the post with goalkeeper Joe Wright scrambling. The ball rebounded to Callum Harrison but his strike was off-target.
After an abundance of chances at both ends, it was the Suffolk side who got the breakthrough. Unselfish play from Ryan Gibbs teed up Ingram and his deflected strike from close range made it 1-0 at the break.
Moments into the second period and Jack Higgs’ header was wide, with the single goal margin now looking rather precarious.
Town were rewarded for their bright start and equalised via an own goal from full-back Darryl Coakley on 52 minutes.
Enfield ‘keeper Wright produced a fine save to deny a dipping Joe Whight free-kick, with the game level going into the closing stages.
Town took the lead for the first time with 81 minutes on the clock. Higgs’ inch perfect free-kick was just out of the reach of Danny Gay.
However, there was to be one last twist in this epic encounter as Dan Morphew’s penalty rescued a point for The Reds at the death.
The Marketmen are on the road on Tuesday evening when they travel to Harlow Town. The game could see Ex-Needham forward Reece Dobson line-up against his former club.
Also in the Bostik Premier, Lowestoft Town slumped to a 3-1 away defeat at Staines Town, Jacek Zielonka netting a consolation for the Trawlerboys.
Elsewhere, in Bostik North, Bury Town claimed a fine 2-1 win at Cheshunt in a dramatic finish.
Noel Aitkens gave the Suffolk side the lead after 72 minutes, only for Tom Bruno to level from the spot six minutes later.
But Cemal Ramadan fired the winner for Bury, also from the spot, with eight minutes left after a foul on Luke Read.