The Marketmen welcomed Folkestone Invicta to Bloomfields for the very first time and the first Ryman Premier League Fixture of 2017.
The first goal was not long in coming as the deadlock was broken in the 1st minute through Needham midfielder Billy Holland. Hollands strike on the turn from the edge of the penalty area left Invicta goalkeeper Tim Roberts helpless.
The Marketmen should have doubled their advantage on 26 minutes as Hollands shot rebounded off the post, before Reece Dobsons strike rattled the same post again, albeit he was offside.
In truth it was the guests who were having greater spells of possession but clear cut chances in the final third were at a premium.
Half Time: Needham Market 1-0 Folkestone Invicta
On 48 minutes Miles Cornwells shot was off target as the visitors looked for an equaliser.
Folkestone deservedly equalised through Cornwell on 73 minutes in front of a crowd of 257. He lashed home from close range after an initial shot was blocked.
However, one last twist was in store when Holland scored his and Needhams second goal 13 minutes from time. A bicycle kick from some 6 yards out after a goalmouth scramble earned all three points.
Full Time: Needham Market 2-1 Folkestone Invicta
Match Sponsors: TERRY & JANET INGRAM selected Needhams MOTM BILLY HOLLAND