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Harlow Town
Needham Market
C Pope (84' Sent Off)
Full time
Tue 26 Sep 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 141

Needham punish stuttering Hawks

Harlow Town struggled to get going in a dreary first half, with the second half improvement too little too late.

Needham Market hit home three times from a set piece situation to put the Hawks on the back foot, and despite a better showing in the second period that forced an own goal, the lacklustre first half proved decisive.

Hawks boss Danny Chapman was looking for an instant response to the poor performance in the last outing, but it wasn’t forthcoming in the first half.

Both sides struggled to take control of the game and despite the game flowing from end to end, neither goalkeeper was seriously tested early on. The Hawks still looked nervous in defence and wasteful in possession as attacking moves broke down with misplaced passes.

Needham Market took the lead with just over an hour played. Billy Holland drifted a corner in and Dan Morphew was able to head past goalkeeper Patrick Lee from close range.

Only then did the Hawks respond, producing their best attack of the game so far. Junior Dadson and Alex Read combined well in a flowing counter attack, before the ball was released to Andrea Mayasi to cross. Jared Small was waiting in the centre, but a Needham Market defender headed away the danger.

Needham Market doubled the lead on 41 minutes when Gareth Heath lifted a free kick over the wall and past the sprawling Patrick Lee.

With the final kick of the half the visitors made it three. In an almost carbon copy of the first goal, Sam Nunn bundled a corner in to give Harlow Town a huge hurdle to climb in the second period.

HT: Harlow Town 0-3 Needham Market

Whatever Danny Chapman said at half time had an effect as the Hawks came out looking more like themselves.

Craig Pope went close with a low drilled shot that was cleared away by Danny Gay in the Needham goal.

A period of pressure paid off on 51 minutes when Junior Dadson jinked past the defence and reached the byline. His low centre was destined to reach Alex Read for a tap in, but defender Sam Nunn touched the ball first putting it into his own net.

Four minutes later a neat turn by Jared Small made space on edge of the area, but his shot was always rising and cleared the crossbar.

The tempo of the Harlow Town play was much improved, but as the half wore on hopes of a comeback were fading.

With fifteen minutes to go a deep cross from Needham Market winger Jack Simmons found Callum Harrison unmarked in the middle, but his header was straight at Patrick Lee who collected easily.

Alex Read had a final chance to set up a nervy finish with ten minutes remaining, but when he hit a difficult volley with his left foot he wasn’t able to get enough power behind it and it was a comfortable save.

The evening was compounded when Craig Pope was shown a second yellow card late on for an innocuous challenge, and the visitors saw out the rest of the game for the victory.

FT: Harlow Town 1-3 Needham Market

The Hawks remain on seven points from their first eight points, in 22nd place in the league table.

Harlow now turn their attention back to the FA Cup, with a difficult trip to East Thurrock on Saturday 30th September. Kick off is at 3pm.

Jared Small

Player of the Match

Jared Small

Key moments

Red Card Craig Pope is sent off for Harlow Town


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90:00 Player of the Match
Jared Small is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
84:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Craig Pope is sent off for Harlow Town
83:00 Sub Off
Fabion Simms is substituted off for Harlow Town
83:00 Sub On
Nathan Livings is substituted on for Harlow Town
80:00 Sub Off
Andréa Mayasi is substituted off for Harlow Town
80:00 Sub On
Tommie Fagg is substituted on for Harlow Town
50:00 Yellow Card
Ibrahima Sonko is yellow carded for Harlow Town
End of period 1
41:00 Yellow Card
Craig Pope is yellow carded for Harlow Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Harlow Town
  • Needham Market
  • 0
  • Craig Pope Yellow Card 41:00'
  • Ibrahima Sonko Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Andréa Mayasi Sub Off 80:00'
  • Tommie Fagg Sub On 80:00'
  • Fabion Simms Sub Off 83:00'
  • Nathan Livings Sub On 83:00'
  • Craig Pope Red Card 84:00'

Team selection

Lee, Patrick Lee, Patrick
Pope, Craig Pope, Craig
Mayasi, Andréa Mayasi, Andréa
Sonko, Ibrahima Sonko, Ibrahima
Maduako, Jideofo Maduako, Jideofo
Small, Jared Small, Jared
Dadson, Junior Dadson, Junior
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Gordon, Syrus Gordon, Syrus
Dobson, Reece Dobson, Reece
Read, Alex Read, Alex

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49
20. Brightlingsea Regent 46 48
21. Harlow Town 46 47
22. Lowestoft Town 46 43
23. Burgess Hill Town 46 36
24. Tooting & Mitcham United 46 36

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