WEST Pier’s challenge for the first division title was dented by a last-gasp Newlands equaliser in last night’s 1-1 draw.
Neither side managed to score in a drab first half between two tired teams, but the understrength visitors managed to make their only real attempt on goal count.
Tommy Barker scored the goal for Pier early in the second half, which was the cue for title rivals Newlands to pile on the pressure, and it took some heroic defending by Scott Eccles, Steve Sheader, Sam Hyde and James Wardle to keep the hosts at bay.
Just when it looked like being a three-point haul for Pier, Newlands grabbed a 90th-minute leveller after a goalmouth scramble.
Neither side will have been too happy with a point, with leaders Edgehill the main beneficiaries of the result, as it now leaves them eight points clear of Pier - who have two games in hand. But with Pier and Edgehill yet to play each other in the league, the race for the title is set to have plenty of twists and turns.
A four-goal haul from striker Tom Rees and a hat-trick by his fellow forward Nick Ringrose steered Hunmanby United to a crucial 9-1 win at basement club Sherburn.
Matthew Chapman scored the other two goals for United, with Ringrose and Rees the joint men of the match.
Westover Wasps earned a crucial point in their battle against the drop with a 1-1 draw at Eastfield.
A superb 25-yard effort gave the depleted hosts the lead, but Wasps grabbed a deserved point thanks to a penalty-kick.
Luke Purvis shone in midfield for an Eastfield team which included seven reserve players.
Ryedale Sports edged ever closer to the second division title with a 3-2 home win against Fishburn Park.
Edgehill Reserves look set to claim the runners-up spot after cruising to a 5-0 home win against West Pier Reserves.
Cayton Corinthians Reserves look set to drop into the third division after their 6-0 loss at Filey Town Reserves last night, while Snainton kept their hopes of a great escape from the drop afloat with a hard-earned point at FC Rosette.
Whitby Fishermens Society look set to secure promotion as third division champions after a 10-0 win at Falsgrave Pirates.
This success puts them in top spot, ahead of Whitby RUFC and Riskers on goal difference, but with three games in hand on their rivals.
Ayton Reserves drew 3-3 at home to Scalby Reserves, despite racing into an early 3-0 lead.
Jed Ward’s cracking 20-yard free-kick, a fine finish from Steven Fredericksen and a Danny Bywater spot-kick put Ayton in charge, but the visitors dug deep to earn a share of the spoils.