The Marketmen completed a league double over Wingate & Finchley with two narrow 1-0 wins this season. They ensured victory against the battling visitors thanks to a second half strike from substitute Billy Clark.
With just 5 minutes on the clock, the hosts had a golden opportunity. After Reece Dobson burst into the penalty area he was upended by goalkeeper Shane Gore. However, Gore soon made amends diving to his left hand side to deny Kem Izzet from 12 yards.
Despite this early let off, The Marketmens defence was by far the busier of the two, having to remain firm against the visitors attacks. Only the finger tips of goalkeeper Danny Gay ensured the scores remained level going into the break.
Half Time: Needham Market 0-0 Wingate & Finchley
On 46 minutes Rob Laneys strike caused little problem as it was wide of the target from outside the penalty area.
On 70 minutes Claudio Vilcus curling free kick appeared to be goal bound but was to be denied by the in form Gay.
The turning point in this encounter came on 78 minutes. Luke Ingrams driving run and cross found Clark, who after a couple of touches, followed by a Vilcu deflection scored to break the deadlock.
Despite 3 minutes of injury Needham held on to the points to close the gap on the leaders.
Full Time: Needham Market 1-0 Wingate & Finchley
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