Needham made two changes to the team beaten heavily at Billericay Town on Wednesday, with Jack Simmons and Kem Izzet replacing Ian Miller and Ollie Fenn who both dropped to the bench.
The first action saw Dulwich right back Quade Taylor booked for pulling back Simmons. Sanchez Ming had a shot well saved by Danny Gay before Dulwich took the lead after 14 minutes. A cross-field move ended with the ball reaching Dipo Akinyemi, who was given far too much space to run into the box and fire high into the net.
Dulwich were generally on top, but Needham did have their chances, with Simmons and Dobson both coming close. After 24 minutes a scramble in the Needham area ended with Gay falling on the ball. Billy Clarks free kick was tipped over the bar by Preston Edwards and, although the visitors won a number of corners, they came to nothing. Ashley Carew then shot wide for Dulwich before Needhams best chance of the half saw Dobson race into the box but Edwards blocked his shot with this feet.
HALF TIME: DULWICH HAMLET 1-0 NEEDHAM MARKET
The hosts came within inches of increasing their lead early in the second half when Akinyemis shot hit the underside of the bar and bounced clear. After 54 minutes Dulwich had the ball in the net, but Matt Drage was ruled offside when he headed in from close range. Miller replaced Whight and Sands came on for Clark and although Needham had plenty of possession they were making no significant threat on the Dulwich goal.
Dulwich had another goal disallowed when Akinyemi rose high to head home, but the referee decided there had been a push. Nunn then replaced Dobson as Needham continued to huff and puff without any real penetration.
Dulwich made the game safe in the 89th minute when substitute Jacob Erskine turned his man near the penalty spot and fired low under Danny Gay. Needham finished the game on the attack with Simmons having a shot well saved by Edwards.
FULL TIME: DULWICH HAMLET 2-0 NEEDHAM MARKET
This was Needhams third successive away defeat leaving them in third place having played more games than their nearest rivals. However having played well in patches against another very good side it was a much, much better performance than Wednesday nights defeat.