Although Needham technically still had a chance of reaching the play-offs, both sides knew that recent disappointing results had ensured they would be meeting again in the Isthmian Premier League next season. The first half certainly had an end of season feel about it with very little of note to report.
Billericay did have the ball in the net after 16 minutes, but Ellul had clearly pushed his marker when heading home following a long throw. Five minutes later Luke Ingram headed over from John Sands cross, but this was a rare attempt at goal, as Billericay kept the ball well without posing a real threat, although O Haras long-range effort did bring a save out of Danny Gay.
HALF TIME: NEEDHAM MARKET 0-0 BILLERICAY TOWN
At half time, Billericay brought on top scorer Billy Bricknell and his introduction at least livened the game up. Jack Simmons had a shot saved by Giddens in the Billericay goal, before Joe Whight was booked for an innocuous challenge, which was unfortunately a sign of things to come. The visitors began to dominate with O Hara and Bricknell both having shots well saved by Gay.
Billericay took the lead after 54 minutes, when Elluls flick-on was turned in by Â£24,000 signing Jake Robinson. Danny Gay then kept Needham in the game with a string of fine saves as Billericay dominated possession.
However, Needham found the equaliser when Joe Whights through ball was taken on by John Sands who finished well past the onrushing Giddens. Needhams hopes of victory were scuppered when Whight received his second yellow card following a minor altercation with Ollie Sprague, who was also booked. Referee Callum Walchester somehow managed to brandish his yellow card nine times in a game where there was hardly a challenge, never mind a bad one.
As Needham tried to reorganise their defence following Whights dismissal, Robinson scored his second of the game, turning the ball in at the second attempt
Needham thought they had scored a spectacular equaliser when Callum Harrisons free kick was met by Sands scissor kick and flew into the net via the crossbar, but the raised flag of the referees assistant saw the goal disallowed.
FULL TIME: NEEDHAM MARKET 1-2 BILLERICAY TOWN 2
So, although Needham will feel they did enough to pick up a point in their last game, it was a disappointing end to the season, not helped by the fussy referee.
Needhams final league position of 9th was the lowest they had been since 29th August and everyone at the club can be proud of the progress made by the team over the season.