A LAST-GASP equaliser from Danny Cooper secured West Pier a potentially crucial point from their clash at home to title rivals Newlands Park.
Newlands couldn’t have asked for a better start as they took the lead after just nine seconds - Stu Bates netting from 22 yards.
Chances were few and far between as both sides struggled to string together moves on any real fluency or attacking nous.
Newlands had chances to add to their lead after the break as Eric Hall’s effort was smartly saved by Scott Wardman in the Pier goal, and Kile Fields’ effort struck the post.
And they were made to pay for their missed opportunities as Pier bagged a late leveller.
A long throw-in from Mikey Barker found Mikey Hartnett, who saw his shot saved.
The ball fell kindly for substitute Cooper to stab home to seal a share of the spoils for his side.
Newlands boss Shaun Mancrief said: “It was a close game but I think we should have won it.”
Pier manager Andy Spivey said: “It wasn’t a pretty game at all. It was very stop-start and neither side could really get going.
“I was disappointed that we didn’t really play any good football, but to get a point at the end like that is a bonus.”
Jonny Manson and Jamie Gallagher stood out for Newlands, while Steven Dorey and Neil Thomas were Pier’s top performers.
Edgehill remain in the hunt to retain their title after they beat relegation- threatened Fishburn Park 2-0.
Edgehill retained plenty of possession throughout the contest at Park sat back and put men behind the ball, but couldn’t find a way through the Whitby-based side until after 30 minutes when a neat interchange on the edge of the area found striker Ricky Greening, whose strike profited from a deflection and found the back of the home side’s net.
Scores remained at 1-0 until the 55th minute when Greening was again at the heart of the Edgehill attack.
Edgehill retained the ball for a spell before a neat one-two extracted a yard of space for Greening on the edge of the box, who finished neatly.
Edgehill were reduced to 10 men when midfielder Lalan Flynn was shown a red card after reacting angrily to a late challenge, but the away side were comfortable winners.
Edgehill boss Steve Clegg said: “It was comfortable. We had loads of the ball but we just couldn’t break them down.”
At the other end of the table, Scalby picked up a potentially massive three points from their trip to Ayton to catapult them out of the bottom three.
Scalby took the lead when Shaun Scales met a corner at the front post to make it 1-0, but they were pegged back when Simon Rigg was left unmarked in the box and he headed home.
Ayton took the lead when Daz Hastie also managed to find space in the six-yard-box to head home.
But as half-time approached, Scalby levelled with the goal of the game.
Neat interplay on the edge of the area saw Adam Stride play in Scales for his second to make it 2-2.
A scrappy second half ensued, with both Matty Scott in the Scalby goal and Ayton’s keeper Ben Riley called upon to make a handful of saves.
As the game looked to be heading for a draw, Stride managed to burst through the Ayton back line and slide home past Riley with virtually the last kick of the game to move Scalby out of the drop zone and three points clear of rivals Fishburn.
Hunmanby United were victorious in their derby clash away at Filey Town for the first time in a number of years - picking up a 2-0 win over their big rivals.
Filey’s frustrating season continued as they were forced to field a scratch side with a host of players unavailable for action, but Hunmanby were up for the battle.
Their goals both came from long throws from Ryan Baldry, finished off by Tom Rees and former Filey schemer Chris Duley.
Filey boss Dave Brannan said: “To be honest we had a scratch side out, but credit to Hunmanby.
“They had the desire and hunger in the game.
“I didn’t feel we deserved to lose the game, some of the young lads who came in did well to be fair to them.”
Cayton look doomed to relegation from the top flight after suffering a 6-0 defeat at Eastfield St James.
A five-minute spell in the first half where Kev David’s men netted three goals killed the game off as a contest.
Danny Price fired Eastfield into the lead with a neat finish after good build-up play from man of the match Nathan Till.
Till then turned scorer before Price bagged two more to make it 4-0 at the interval.
A Liam Salt penalty after 70 minutes made it 5-0, before Nick Heggarty rounded off the scoring with a neat header for 6-0.