Needham Market v Ilkeston Town.
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Needham (16th in league) ended a run of five defeats with a midweek win. Ilkeston (8th) are looking to build on last week’s win against Bedford.
A full supporters bus is on its way to Bloomfields.
Team sheets:
Needham Market –
1 Marcus Garnham, 2 Kyle Hammond, 3 Jake Dye, 14 Christian Frimpong, 5 Kieran Morphew, 6 Dylan Williams, 7 Jacob Lay, 8 Noah Collard, 9 Luke Brown, 10 Luke Ingram, 11 Ross Crane.
Bench: 12 Jamie McGrath, 15 Hugh Cullum, 16 Thomas Fitzgerald,17 Seth Chambers, 18 Finlay Shorten.
Ilkeston Town –
1 Callum Hiddleston, 2 Joe Wilson, 3 Henri Wilder, 4 Mason O’Malley, 5 Finn Delap, 6 Kieran Fenton (c), 7 Remaye Campbell, 8 Connor Dixon, 9 Leroy Lita, 10 Jordan Hallam, 11 Mitchell Woakes.
Bench : 12 Lloyd Patterson, 15 Tom Hilton, 18 Jack Thomas, 19 Harvey Woodward (GK).
It’s dull and it’s started to rain. Most Ilkeston fans are behind one goal. Needham’s drummer and their fans are behind the other goal.
And away we go. The game is underway.
Early chance for Leroy Lita but Marcus Garnham in the Needham goal makes an excellent save.
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Good start by Ilkeston. They’re having plenty of the ball in the opening stages.
Finn Delap gets an early yellow card for an over enthusiastic challenge. The Marketmen are looking more settled after a shaky start.
Lita tries a shot and it’s turned aside for a corner. Henri Wilder gets his head to the corner but Garnham saves.
GOAL for Needham. Luke Brown gives the home side a surprise lead on 20 mins.
GOAL for Ilkeston. Lita heads in the equaliser. A gift really. Defender and goalie seemed to leave it for each other and Ilkeston’s Leroy Lita was quick to intervene and put the ball in the net. 1-1. 25 mins.
A chance for Jordan Hallam presents itself but the Ilkeston forward sees the alert Garnham make a good save.
Garnham saves again – he’s being kept busy by the Ilkeston front men. Ilkeston should be in front.
The referee has carded someone in the Ilkeston dugout. Not sure what’s happened but he’s spoken sternly to someone, then got a card out of his pocket.
Needham win a corner but nothing comes from it.
Half time Needham 1 Ilkeston 1
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The second half begins. Ilkeston need to step up a gear.
Remaye Campbell’s header just clears the bar from a corner. Ilkeston continue to look threatening but it remains 1-1.
Needham are breaking occasionally – they’re looking lively at times.
A Needham player is booked for foul on Delap.
GOAL for Ilkeston. Leroy Lita scores on 55 mins at second attempt. The first shot hits the post and comes back into play. Lita follows up and this time scores. 2-1 to Ilkeston.
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Needham try to hit back and Ilkeston fans are relieved to see a shot go over Hiddleston’s bar.
Mason O’Malley is booked for a foul – Ilkeston contest the decision.
A great cross by Joe Wilson is punched clear by Garnham.
Then Hiddleston makes a big close range save to keep Ilkeston ahead.
Ilkeston players are annoyed by a bad foul on Joe Wilson that goes unpunished.
Then Delap is clattered.
It’s getting physical.
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Needham are going all out for an equaliser. Ilkeston have all hands on deck to keep them out. The Marketmen appeal for a penalty but are denied. A shot goes inches wide as full time approaches.
Occasional breaks by Ilkeston but mostly they’re defending.
Into added time.
GOAL for Ilkeston! Lita makes it safe for Ilkeston with a late, late strike. 90+4 mins. 3-1.
It’s full time.
Needham Market 1 Ilkeston Town 3.


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