Needham made one change to their starting line up for the trip to Dereham in the FA Cup, with skipper Gareth Heath replacing Russell Short, who was unavailable.
The game started quietly, with neither side really threatening, although Owen Murphy for the home side did put in a dangerous cross that evaded his team mates. Dereham then won a corner following a good flick on from goalkeeper Pride's long kick, but it was easily cleared. Needham came into the game more but Callum Sturgess' good cross came to nothing. In the 18th minute, Luke Ingram went on a good run but was chopped down outside the area by Tom Matthews, who was booked. Joe Neal's free kick hit the wall and Luke Ingram's follow up was over the bar.
On 29 minutes, Charlie Clarke's shot for Dereham was deflected wide of the post and, shortly afterwards, Marcus Garnham was called into action as he tipped Adam Hipperson's shot over the bar. In the 39th minute Dan Morphew set up Joe Neal whose shot brought a good save out of Elliot Pride. Luke Ingram's cross then hit the top of the bar, though the referee generously gave Needham a corner, which was cleared.
HALF TIME - DEREHAM TOWN 0 NEEDHAM MARKET 0
At the start of the second half James Baker replaced Callum Sturgess, who had taken a knock before half-time. Dan Morphew moved across to left-back. The first action of the half saw Joe Neal beat Pride to a cross, but his header just went over the bar. Dereham were having more of the possession, but did not seriously test Garnham in the Marketmen's goal in the 73rd minute, Joe Neal had another attempt saved by Pride, before a Dereham free-kick was headed over the bar Matt Castellan. A good cross by Sam Squire was sliced behind for a corner but, from Gareth's Heath's kick, Dan Morphew headed over the bar.
Just as the game looked to be heading for a goalless draw, Dereham's Eoin McQuaid went on a good run in the 80th minute and fed the ball to Robbie Linford, who found the bottom corner from just outside the penalty area. Nick Ingram replaced Craig Parker for Needham and, after 86 minutes, the visitors salvaged their place in the FA Cup when Joe Marsden's cross was knocked down and Luke Ingram was the first to react, slotting the ball past Pride.
In added time Joe Marsden was booked for disputing the award of a goal kick to Dereham when the ball had clearly deflected off a home defender. Marsden was then hacked down by Dion Frary, who followed him into the referee's notebook.
FULL TIME - DEREHAM TOWN 1 NEEDHAM MARKET 1
So, the teams will meet again on Tuesday evening, with Needham grateful for a second chance after an unconvincing performance against a decent Dereham side, who, most agreed, were the better side on the day. Chairman Keith Nunn selected Dan Morphew as Needham's man of the match.