BURY Towns’ steadily improving recent form in the Ryman League Premier Division came to a halt on Saturday as they were beaten 2-0 away to sixth place Cray Wanderers.
A Leigh Bremner opener in the 34th minute was added to by Tommy Whitnell from the penalty spot, 13 minutes after the interval to give the hosts a comfortable advantage.
And despite the home side being reduced to ten men with 15 minutes remaining, The Blues were unable to find a way through as The Wands held on to clinch all three points.
Needham Market have now gone three games without a victory in the Ryman League Division One North after suffering a disappointing defeat, losing 1-0 to Chatham Town at Bloomfields on Saturday.
In hard fought affair, a Lee Hales strike in the 80th minute was enough for the visitors to snatch the points to take back to Kent.
To make matters worse for the Marketmen, leading marksman Sam Newson, who was set for a trial with npower League Two outfit Gillingham this week, was stretchered off injured just a minute before the opening goal after a collision with Chatham keeper Tim Roberts.
Needham will be hoping to put the disappointing display behind them as they host rivals AFC Sudbury at Bloomfields tomorrow night (7.45pm) in the Ryman League Alan Boon Cup fourth round.
In the rugby, rivals Bury and Diss played out an enthralling encounter, sharing the spoils in a 25-25 draw at the Haberden on Saturday.
The hosts, who were just one place above Diss in the London One North table before the match, had to battle back from a 25-17 deficit with just 10 minutes remaining to finally claim a draw and extend their unbeaten run to four matches.