The Marketmen made their first ever trip to Worthing on Saturday but despite taking the lead, fell to a 4-3 defeat on the Sussex coast
With the ground basked in sunshine, it was Needham who looked brightest in the opening exchanges. Darryl Coakleys cross from the left was headed over by Luke Ingram, before Billy Hollands shot was narrowly wide on 13 minutes.
They were rewarded for their good start and broke the deadlock on 18 minutes. Luke Ingram leapt the highest in the penalty area to power home a header into the far corner.
However, Dawes equalised for the hosts on 28 minutes from the penalty spot. Worthing striker Bugiel was upended by Danny Gay in what was a rare blunder from the Needham keeper.
Half Time: Worthing 1-1 Needham Market
Seven minutes into the second half, the hosts took the lead for the first time in this match. After both Rents and Dawes were denied, Hopkinson swept home at the back post.
Billy Clark was brought on as a substitute for his first appearance since The Marketmens FA Cup defeat at Uxbridge. His pass found Reece Dobson whose neat turn and strike into the roof of the net made the score 2-2.
2 goals in as many minutes propelled The Rebels into a 4-2 lead. The instrumental Dawes continued to cause the visitors problems and his cut back left Sparks with a simple finish. Bugiel netted the fourth from close range on 82 minutes as the match was turned on its head.
For the second match in succession John Sands came off the bench to score from the spot. After Ingram was brought down in the area, Sands converted the following penalty on 89 minutes.
Despite lengthy injury time, the guests were unable to force an equaliser.
Full Time: Worthing 4-3 Needham Market