A goal in each half comfortably saw Needham Market to their sixth straight victory as they beat Suffolk rivals AFC Sudbury 2-0 at Bloomfields on Tuesday.
Mark Morseley’s side took an early lead through a delightful volley by Ryan Crisp after just 16 minutes.
They had numerous chances to add to that lead by the break but were thwarted by the excellence of AFC goalkeeper Alex Archer.
At the other end, Andrew Plummer pulled off a good stop to deny Jamie Forshaw.
Needham continued to knock at the door in the second half without success until they doubled their lead and put the game to bed 11 minutes from time from the penalty spot.
Substitute Jordan Blackwell was adjudged to have handled the ball illegally from Dave Cowley’s cross and Kem Izzet cooly dispatched the spotkick.
The result leaves Needham in the last play-off spot, though with Thurrock also winning they would go ahead of them on goal difference if they were to win their two games in hand.
AFC remain in eigth place but now 13 points off Needham in fifth place.
* For a full match report and manager interviews, see the Suffolk Free Press on Thursday and the Bury Free Press on Friday.