The Marketmen require a minor miracle to make the play-offs this season, after a must-win game finished 1-1 at the Wardell Williams Stadium.
After Burgess Hills point against Worthing earlier in the day, AFC Sudburys relegation was confirmed prior to kick off. Needham knew that three points were a must and the team began the game on the front foot.
The ever-dangerous Luke Ingram caused The Yellows defence all sorts of problems. On 8 minutes, his glancing header was narrowly wide of the post from Jack Simmons cross. Just one minute after this, he dragged his shot wide as it was the visitors who looked set to open the scoring.
With their fate already sealed, the home side played with a real sense of freedom. Ex-Needham player Craig Parker shot wide from distance on 22 minutes.
Reece Dobson returned to the starting line-up in place of the injured John Sands, but his scuffed strike on 26 minutes was of little threat to Marcus Garnham in The Yellows goal.
The hosts best chance came on 34 minutes. Williams dipping free kick was tipped onto the post by James Bradbrook. Danny Gays injury on Saturday ruled him out of todays proceedings, but Bradbrook looked far from out of place.
On 43 minutes, Luke Ingrams driving run and then deflected finish gave Needham the lead. His 19th goal of the campaign, at a time when his side needed a goal the most.
Half Time: AFC Sudbury 0-1 Needham Market
Joe Whight replaced Keiran Morphew at the break and almost added Needhams second goal minutes later. However, his header was off target from a Dobson cross.
It was heartbreak for the Needham faithful on 76 minutes as Sudbury equalised through Baker. Mackenzies cross from a wide position found Baker who had time and space to finish beyond Bradbrook.
Ingram had one last chance with four minutes remaining but it wasnt to be as his header from a very tricky cross was off target.
With no further goals, it was honours even and a point for either side in this Suffolk Derby.
Full Time: AFC Sudbury 1-1 Needham Market
Needhams last League Match is against Billericay Town at Bloomfields on Saturday.
Its been, undeniably, a terrific season for NMFC and great credit must be given to those at the helm. How manager Mark Morsley would love to win both this game and the Suffolk Premier Cup Final next month before standing down as the first team manager.