The Marketmen welcomed Dulwich Hamlet to a bitterly cold Bloomfields for this Ryman Premier League Match.
Needham completed a somewhat remarkable league double over today guests last season which was to prove crucial in their survival.
With all matters considered, a share of the spoils was most probably a fair reflection upon the game.
It was the hosts who had the first opportunity with just three minutes played when a John Sands shot went narrowly wide of the post. A neat turn from Sands on the edge of the penalty area, but it failed to test goalkeeper Preston Edwards.
The Hamlet soon settled into this game and had a good chance of their own to take the lead after a quick break from the right hand side. Nyren Clunis was to be denied as his shot rebounded off the woodwork.
With 28 minutes played, Reece Dobsons mazy run led to a terrific Needham counter attack. His cut back eluded a red shirt in the penalty area and after a goalmouth scramble the ball was finally cleared.
Dulwich continued to have the lions share of possession but clear cut chances were to prove few and far between as the half time whistle was blown.
Half Time: Needham Market 0-0 Dulwich Hamlet
Into the second period and Danny Gay denied Vas Karagiannis long range shot with a great save to his left hand side. Just seconds after this, Sands was off target as this entertaining game sought its first goal.
After both sides had chances to take the lead, it was the South East London outfit who broke the deadlock on 62 minutes. After good possession and a deep cross by Marc Weatherstone (Ex Channel 4 SAS Who Dares Wins candidate) Dumebi Dumaka was the scorer with a fine header to put the Pink and Blue Army in the lead.
Despite this set back on the hour mark, The Marketmen soon equalised via the boot of Colchester Unitd loanee Jack Curtis. His clever finish on 69 minutes with the outside of the boot left Edwards with little chance as the hosts drew level.
Danny Gay rightfully deserved his man of the match accolade with minutes remaining as the hosts held out for a valuable league point. In front of a crowd of 334, it was to prove a valuable point and one which sees Needham climb to the summit of the league table.
The Dulwich fans were a credit to themselves and kept everyone entertained in the bar before and after the game. A credit to the non league establishment.
Full Time. Needham Market 1-1 Dulwich Hamlet
Match Sponsors: ALAN JOPLING selected Needhams MOTM DANNY GAY
Entertainment Rating 4/5