Northwich Vics 2 Weymouth 2
Vics threw away a two goal lead against their relegation rIvals, at the Marston’s Arena on Tuesday.
Instead of Northwich closing the gap on the other teams under threat it was Weymouth who climbed out of the bottom four.
It was the second game of three that Vics simply had to win. They beat Crawley and were on course to repeat that success when the same goalscoring heroes - Lee Steele and Darryn Stamp - put them into a two goal lead.
The partnership forged by Northwich’s two most experienced players may yet save them.
It was impressive again, Stamp helping Steele to his first chance of the match but the shot whistled wide.
Mike Byrne and Joel Byrom also joined in the attacks.
Two minutes before the break Northwich lad and former Vics player Chris Blackburn misheaded a clearance and Steele raced forward to score.
If it were a straight choice then Vics looked the side who deserved Blue Square Premier football again next season and they could have widened the gap, scoring several chances.
The points looked secure in the 72nd minute, however, when Steele provided a midfield link and Jamie Mullan the cross for Stamp to head against the bar and he netted from the rebound.
Their task in seeing out time looked easier than a similar position against Crawley.
Then disaster struck.
Within a minute of Stamp’s goal Jake Hyde had equalised from an Anton Robinson cross and Jim Coutts claimed the equaliser with 12 minutes remaining.
Vics: Tynan; Meadowcroft, Wilson, Belle; Mullan, Crowell, Byrom, Byrne (Burns 85), Brown; Steele, Stamp.