Brentwood Town fell short in a bottom of the table clash and remain in the relegation zone after a 4-0 away defeat to Needham Market.
Needham grabbed a three goal advantage in the first half, as Jay Davies opened the scoring from the spot, Connor Hogan deflected the second into his own net and a Callum Harrison volley gave Needham the advantage.
Oliver Mann then made Brentwood play for their defensive frailties with the fourth and extended the gap from Brentwood and the relegation zone to four points.
George Borg made three changes to his side that lost 1-0 at home to Bognor Regis Town last time out. Shad Ngandu misses out due to suspension, as Jamie Guy comes back into the side with Phillip Anderson and new signing Bradley Nobbs joins the Brentwood fold.
Brentwood almost grabbed an early goal six minutes in, as Mitch Hahn’s whipped in free-kick had to be tipped away by Daniel Gay.
Needham were awarded a penalty ten minutes in, as Andrew Freeman accidently clipped Luke Ingram giving the referee no option but to point to the spot. Davies stepped up to convert from Needham despite Martyn Guest diving the right way.
Brentwood nearly grabbed an equaliser, as Captain Martyn Stokes dinked a cross back into the box for Ryan O’Rawe which was headed goalwards but kept out by Gay.
The home side were pressuring the Brentwood defence and almost doubled their lead, as Callum Harrison’s long range shot 20 yards out went just over the crossbar.
Needham doubled their advantage, after a ball was not cleared by Brentwood and Ingram’s strike just inside the box was deflected in by Hogan.
The hosts grabbed a third a minute before the break, as Harrison teed the ball up for himself to volley the ball into the top corner – to give Brentwood a monumental task to get back into the game.
In the second half, Needham extended their lead six minutes in as Oliver Mann nodded in at the far post after a miss-timed clearance.
Brentwood now have an even bigger match at home next Saturday against Farnborough who are joint on points with ‘The Blues’.
Needham Market Lineup: 1 Daniel Gay, 2 Oliver Brown (73), 3 Darryl Coakley, 4 Oliver Fenn (78), 5 Keiran Morphew, 6 Joe Whight, 7 Luke Ingram, 8 Callum Harrison, 9 Oliver Mann, 10 Jay Davies, 11 Jordan Patrick
Substitutes: 12 Kemal Izzet (78), 14 Michael Brothers, 15 Sam Newson, 16 Ian Miller (73), GK Nathan Munson
Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn guest, 2 Ritchie Jones, 3 Andrew Freeman (75), 4 Martyn Stokes, 5 Ryan O’Rawe (84), 6 Phillip Anderson, 7 Connor Hogan, 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Jamie Guy, 10 Liam Hope, 11 Bradley Nobbs (45)
Substitutes: 12 Ryan Boswell (84), 14 Nicky Symons, 15 Joshua Banton (75), 16 Dwade James (45), 17 Matt Belcher
Brentwood Town claimed a slender 1-0 victory courtesy of a Paul Goodacre header sent a frustrated Needham Market packing, at the Brentwood Arena.
Goodacre’s early first half header was the difference, despite Needham having a second half goal disallowed as, Brentwood gained their third home league win in their last four.
Dean Holdsworth made three changes to the side which won in the FA Cup at the weekend as Sam Lechmere, Tom Richardson and Philip Anderson were replaced by Leon Fisher, Liam Hope and Paul Goodacre.
Brentwood took the lead just eight minutes in from a corner as, Mitch Hahn’s whipped in ball was met with a bullet header inside the six yard box, from the unmarked Goodacre.
Needham responded as, Brentwood were caught short at the back due to an injury to Leon Fisher further up the pitch. Luke Ingram then had space on the counter attack outside the box but his shot was well saved down low to Martyn Guest’s near post.
Brentwood nearly doubled their lead as Fisher’s cross was guided goalwards by Jamie Guy as the rushing keeper Daniel Gay miss-judged his collection, but his header went wide of the empty net.
‘The Blues’ continued their dominance of the half as, Nicky Symons played a through ball for Fisher who twisted and turned inside the box before his eventual shot was saved by Gay.
In the second half, Brentwood sat off Needham as they piled forward for the equaliser as Michael Brothers’ long throw fell to Sam Newson to shoot, which was blocked by Ryan O’Rawe from getting on target.
Needham were disallowed an equaliser 69 minutes in as a high lofted cross was headed in by Newson but the referee deemed it to be a foul on Guest, to relieve the pressure.
Brentwood frustrated Needham in the closing stage and slowed down the game, to hold off the late surge from Needham as, Brentwood held on for the three points as they remain 15th.
Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Paul Goodacre, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Martyn Stokes ©, 8 Shad Ngandu, 9 Liam Hope (91), 10 Jamie Guy, 7 Mitch Hahn (48), 11 Leon Fisher (91)
Substitutes: 12 Sam Lechmere, 14 Jordan Holdsworth (91), 15 Tom Richardson (48), 16 Philip Anderson, 17 Daryl Robson
Needham Market Lineup: Daniel Gay, 2 Oliver Fenn, 3 Darryl Coakley, 4 Kieran Morphew, 5 William Crisell (45+3), 6 Joe Whight, 7 Oliver Brown, 8 Jay Davies (45+1), 9 Sam Newson, 10 Michael Brothers, 11 Luke Ingram
Substitutes: 12 Karl Duguid, 14 Kemel Izzet (45+1), 15 Regan Pelling (45+3), 16 Daniel Smith, 17 Nathan Munson
Brentwood Town fell short against the league leaders with a 3-1 defeat to Needham Market at the Brentwood Arena.
Luke Ingram got a brilliant brace with a 25 yard half volley and another close range strike. Sam Newson chipped in with the third after poor keeping from Bowles.
Substitute Sherwin Stanley scored a consolation in injury time for Brentwood, to make sure the visitors did not leave with a clean sheet.
Brentwood had the first opportunity as Tom Richardson was played in over the defence and the keeper’s clearance came off Richardson but his volley towards an empty net was cleared off the line.
Needham had a great chance 36 minutes in as Ian Westlake was in after poor defending but his shot was superbly saved by Bowles and the rebound was put into the side netting.
In added time of the first half, Needham had another great chance as the ball fell inside the box to Oliver Fenn whose half volley was blocked by a last ditch tackle by captain Martyn Stokes.
Needham took the lead five minutes into the second half as Ingram struck a half volley from 25 yards which fizzed into the top corner, Bowles at full stretch had no chance.
Alex Akrofi had a chance as he darted in and out of the Needham defenders but over ran it as Shaun Phillips pounced on the ball.
The away side extended their lead, through great play as Sam Newson was slotted in but his original shot was well saved by Bowles but came out to Ingram who fired in the rebound from close range.
Needham’s third came shortly after as a shot by Newson looked to be held by Bowles, but unfortunately could not hold on to the low bobbling shot as it found its way into the net.
Brentwood grabbed a consolation in injury time as James Love’s volley was blocked only to substitute Sherwin Stanley to tuck it in at the far post, as Needham took home all three points.
Brentwood Town Lineup: Ollie Bowles, Jack Gardner (74), Louis Baucutt, Martyn Stokes ©, Ryan O’Rawe, James Love, Daryl Robson, Shad Ngandu, Sam Bantick (84), Tom Richardson (74), Alex Akrofi
Substitutes: Christian Mbulu (74), Sherwin Stanley (74), Robbie Rees, Adam Flanagan, Michael Osei (84)
Needham Market Lineup: Shaun Phillips, Oliver Brown, Darryl Coakley, Kieran Morphew, Oliver Fenn, Joe Wright, Luke Ingram, Kemel Izzet ©, Sam Newson, Michael Brothers (86), Ian Westlake (86)
Substitutes: Ryan Crisp (86), Rhys Henry, Adam Mills (86), Samuel Nunn, Lee Norfolf