Needham Market assistant manager Tom Rothery says Seth Chambers has ‘really come on’ after netting five goals against Stowmarket Town
Needham Market assistant manager Tom Rothery admitted how impressed he has been with Seth Chambers’ form over recent months after he netted five goals to help his side progress to the semi-finals of the Endeavour Automotive Suffolk Premier Cup.
The Marketmen ran out 7-0 winners at Bloomfields against Stowmarket Town on Tuesday night in a repeat of last year’s final where Needham went on to lift the trophy on penalties.
Chambers bagged his first of the evening with an impressive acrobatic effort before Tevan Allen slotted the ball home to double their advantage.
The Needham number 15 then poked the ball in from close range to add a third minutes after Luke Ingram had his penalty saved, as the game was all but wrapped up before the break.
But despite the half-time score, Stow gave a good account of themselves and caused the hosts problems with a small squad that contained five changes to their line-up.
The Chambers show was in full swing as he headed in his hat-trick from a corner in the second half before finishing off from close range twice in two minutes to cap off a wonderful night for him – as substitute Jamie McGrath finished off the scoring when he latched onto Jamie McGrath’s delivery.
“In the last seven or eight weeks, Seth’s really come on. He’s starting to use his size better. It’s difficult playing up front on your own and it’s a tough role to play and as a young lad it’s hard,” said Rothery, in manager Kevin Horlock’s absence on the night.
“He’s not always starting, he comes off the bench and it’s a hard 15-20 minutes to learn the game. But in the last eight weeks he’s progressed and I’m really pleased for him.”
The high-scoring cup victory capped off a hihgly-positive week for the Bloomfields outfit as they drew 1-1 away at Pitching In Southern League Premier Central Division table-toppers Mickleover on Saturday, courtsey of Luke Ingram’s 79th minute equaliser.
Rothery was pleased to see his side being clinical when they are not at their best, as he said: “We don’t have to be brilliant to get results and I think that’s the biggest change in us.
“Before, we would come off and teams would tell us how brilliant we were but we hadn’t got a result. Now, we don’t always play brilliantly and we’re getting results.”
“I didn’t think we were brilliant, in the first half especially. We deserved to win but Stowmarket did quite well.
The Marketmen are not in action this weekend in the league as they sit second in the standings and only five points behind the leaders.