The Marketmen travelled to the home of Football League side AFC Wimbledon to take on Kingstonian this afternoon. Both of these sides came into the game searching for their first win to get their season up and running.
Colchester loanee Jack Curtis replaced Reece Dobson in an otherwise unchanged line-up.
Just as they did against Lowestoft Town on Tuesday, it was Needham who started the brighter.
Early into the game and a deep free kick from Joe Whight on the edge of the penalty area evaded all but Sam Nunn at the back post. However, he was unable to make a good connection and the ball skipped out for a goal kick.
On 22 minutes Michael Brothers found John Sands and his first touch perfectly set up a shot which went narrowly wide. Moments later Michael Brothers saw his effort off target as The Marketmen threatened but failed to test goalkeeper Rob Tolfrey.
Looking to add to his goal on the opening day of the season, Jack Curtis was played through on goal, but his strike was straight at Tolfrey who parried the shot behind for a corner.
It took a little while for the hosts to settle into the game. Joe Turner was unable to call Danny Gay into action as his shot from distance was wide of the target on 36 minutes.
The deadlock was broken on 40 minutes through Sam Page. He gave The Ks the lead with a tap in at the far post and despite a promising opening period it was Needham who trailed at the break.
Half time: Kingstonian 1-0 Needham Market
With very little to separate the sides it was clear that the next goal would be vital, and it went to the visitors.
Needham drew themselves level when a through ball dissected the Kingstonian defence and found recent addition John Sands on 56 minutes. His powerful strike smashed against the cross bar before Jack Curtis was on hand to score the rebound. Curtis showed a true poachers instinct to follow in Sands effort and it marked his second goal for the club.
Kingstonians number 9 Ryan Moss looked to restore the hosts advantage but his shot was saved by Danny Gay. An ever present in the Needham goal highlighting just how important he is to this team and continuing his solid start to the campaign.
As The Marketmen pressed for what would surely be a winning goal, Reece Dobson replaced Jack Curtis. This was to turn out to be an inspired substitution from visiting Manager Mark Morsley as substitute Dobson scored the winner on 80 minutes. An attacking run on the left before cutting inside and shooting low to the far corner with precision to spark jubilant celebrations.
Despite late pressure and exceedingly long injury time Needham held out for an impressive win at Kingsmeadow. A ground where they fell to a 4-2 defeat last season.
The away win lifts them up to 8th place in the Ryman Premier table and leaves Kingstonian 20th.
Full Time: Kingstonian 1-2 Needham Market