Non-league football round-up

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:51 04 March 2010

WROXHAM inflicted a severe blow on Needham Market's Ridgeons League Premier Division title hopes last night thanks to a 2-1 victory at Bloomfields, while Suffolk's Under-18 side retained the East Anglian Counties Championship following a thrilling 4-4 draw with Bedfordshire.

WROXHAM inflicted a severe blow on Needham Market's Ridgeons League Premier Division title hopes last night thanks to a 2-1 victory at Bloomfields, while Suffolk's Under-18 side retained the East Anglian Counties Championship following a thrilling 4-4 draw with Bedfordshire.

RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

Needham Market 1 Wroxham 2

NEEDHAM Market's title hopes suffered a severe blow last night when they lost at home to rivals Wroxham.

Wroxham took the lead on 15 minutes with a well-worked goal. Ben Furlong put in a low cross to Ben Thompson and his first time layoff found Alex Notman who smashed the ball into the corner of the net.

Both sides enjoyed a fair share of possession with Needham having to clear two dangerous crosses from Andy Key before Mark Heath-Preston broke through and was bundled over in the box for a penalty in the 28th minute. Graham Challen saw red for denying a goal-scoring opportunity and Heath-Preston smashed home the penalty.

Needham started the second half strongly and on 50 minutes Paul Berry's cross found Joby Thoroughgood unmarked in the six-yard box but he put his header wide when it was easier to score.

The visitors re-took the lead on 65 minutes when Key found Notman whose cross from the right was headed down by Danny White and, when the Needham defence hesitated, Thompson nipped in to volley home.

EAST ANGLIAN COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP

Suffolk U18 4 Bedfordshire U18 4

THREE goals in a four-minute spell saw Suffolk U18 retain their East Anglian Counties Championship crown last night.

Suffolk, needing just a point to win the title, trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes at Bury Town thanks to goals by Travis Joseph and a Felix Kyeremeh penalty after he had been tripped in the box.

Chris Henderson pulled a goal back before the break but it looked bleak for Suffolk when Matthew Edge made it 3-1 after 63 minutes.

Suffolk then produced a purple patch as Luke Read headed home in the 71st minute, Henderson scored from close range and then Ben Seaman swept them in front with 74 minutes gone.

There was a sting in the tail as Tom Lawler thundered home an equaliser off the underside of the bar in stoppage-time to earn the visitors a point.

However, Suffolk will go into their FA County Youth Cup Final against Cambridgeshire at Portman Road a week on Saturday as East Anglian champions.

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