DAVE Tasker scored two penalties inside the first half-hour, but Barnton had to wait until the final minute to win their clash with Poynton.
Tasker himself was brought down for the first spot kick and Tom Swann was upended for the next.
In between Barry Crellin made a superb save and Poynton eventually came back strongly, scoring before the break and levelling in the 57th minute, with Wes Huizer having to make a goalline clearance and Crellin another fine stop.
All ended well: Huizer rifled home the winner in injury time.
Manager Mark Came said: 'We were great for the first 20 minutes. Credit to Poynton for getting back into the game but we deserved the points.' Middlewich Town 2 Woodley Sports Res 0: Despite a below-par performance, Middlewich were still too good for Wood-ley - and now the championship is only a couple of wins away.
Joey Roberts scored early on but Middlewich were not inspired and Woodley put their goal under pressure three times.
'We were the better side, but they troubled us and could have scored,' said manager Terry Murphy.
It was not until the dying moments that Town made sure of the points when Stuart Tulloch claimed the final touch amid a goalmouth scramble.
Witton Res 0 Pilkington 0: What seemed like a good result disappointed Albion boss Neil Gill.
'We should have won,' he said. 'We battered them and just could not get the ball in the net.
'Their centre back told me later we were the best team they had played and could not understand why we were near the bottom.
'Their 'keeper pulled off some cracking saves and was man of the match.'
Tim Drohan and Curtis Gill came closest to scoring for Albion.
Lostock Gralam 2 Tarporley 2: After Fullwood had put dominant Lostock in front after 25 minutes, Jones and Birdsey came close to increasing the lead.
But Tarporley equalised when a through ball deflected off the referee into the path of their striker Pollock who was suddenly presented with an easy chance.
Lostock started the second half as they had the first. Fullwood had two strikes that left the keeper rooted to the spot but sailed just past the upright, but the custodian was agile enough to twice deny N ew m a n .
A firm header by Fullwood from Bird-sey's free kick restored Lostock's lead, but Tarporley levelled with their only second half goal attempt.
In the Reserves Division MIDDLEWICH thrashed Daten 5-1.
Tonight: Reserves - Middlewich v Styal; Tomorrow (Thursday): Two - Lostock v Broadheath; Saturday: One - Poynton v Middlewich, Gamesley v Barnton; Two - Maine Road Res v Lostock; Reserves - Middlewich v Pilkington. n Lostock Gralam Reserves need only one more win to clinch the Crewe & District League First Division title and will reach their target if they beat Sand-bach Town at home on Saturday.
Dominic Johns, Ben Harrison, James Kimber and Jack Bryning scored in Lostock's 4-1 win at Wheatsheaf Wanderers, which places them six points clear of Cuddington, beaten 1-0 at Kidsgrove Car pets.
At the foot of the table, Winnington Avenue Res registered their first win, beating visitors Sandbach Town 2-1, Matthew Bestall and Steve Wilding scoring their goals.
In the Premier Division, Winnington Avenue lost by the only goal of a tight game at table-topping Sandbach Town.