Brentwood Town claimed a slender 1-0 victory courtesy of a Paul Goodacre header sent a frustrated Needham Market packing, at the Brentwood Arena.
Goodacre’s early first half header was the difference, despite Needham having a second half goal disallowed as, Brentwood gained their third home league win in their last four.
Dean Holdsworth made three changes to the side which won in the FA Cup at the weekend as Sam Lechmere, Tom Richardson and Philip Anderson were replaced by Leon Fisher, Liam Hope and Paul Goodacre.
Brentwood took the lead just eight minutes in from a corner as, Mitch Hahn’s whipped in ball was met with a bullet header inside the six yard box, from the unmarked Goodacre.
Needham responded as, Brentwood were caught short at the back due to an injury to Leon Fisher further up the pitch. Luke Ingram then had space on the counter attack outside the box but his shot was well saved down low to Martyn Guest’s near post.
Brentwood nearly doubled their lead as Fisher’s cross was guided goalwards by Jamie Guy as the rushing keeper Daniel Gay miss-judged his collection, but his header went wide of the empty net.
‘The Blues’ continued their dominance of the half as, Nicky Symons played a through ball for Fisher who twisted and turned inside the box before his eventual shot was saved by Gay.
In the second half, Brentwood sat off Needham as they piled forward for the equaliser as Michael Brothers’ long throw fell to Sam Newson to shoot, which was blocked by Ryan O’Rawe from getting on target.
Needham were disallowed an equaliser 69 minutes in as a high lofted cross was headed in by Newson but the referee deemed it to be a foul on Guest, to relieve the pressure.
Brentwood frustrated Needham in the closing stage and slowed down the game, to hold off the late surge from Needham as, Brentwood held on for the three points as they remain 15th.
Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Paul Goodacre, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Martyn Stokes ©, 8 Shad Ngandu, 9 Liam Hope (91), 10 Jamie Guy, 7 Mitch Hahn (48), 11 Leon Fisher (91)
Substitutes: 12 Sam Lechmere, 14 Jordan Holdsworth (91), 15 Tom Richardson (48), 16 Philip Anderson, 17 Daryl Robson
Needham Market Lineup: Daniel Gay, 2 Oliver Fenn, 3 Darryl Coakley, 4 Kieran Morphew, 5 William Crisell (45+3), 6 Joe Whight, 7 Oliver Brown, 8 Jay Davies (45+1), 9 Sam Newson, 10 Michael Brothers, 11 Luke Ingram
Substitutes: 12 Karl Duguid, 14 Kemel Izzet (45+1), 15 Regan Pelling (45+3), 16 Daniel Smith, 17 Nathan Munson