ELLESMERE Port ended one of the worst runs in their club's history as they grabbed their first league win since November on Saturday.
Aintree Villa were edged out 2-1 thanks to goals from Richie White, but with only two matches left to play, Port are still prime candidates for the drop.
Neighbours and relegation rivals Castrol Social went down 2-1 at home to Manweb, but while the Oilmen are still four points shy of Port, they have six games in hand to steer themselves clear of trouble.
Vauxhall Reserves came unstuck at home to leaders Cammell Laird last Wednesday as they were hammered 4-0 at Rivacre Park.
The sands of time may be running out for Willaston in their bid to avoid relegation from the Division Two, but they are at least determined to go down with all guns blazing.
On Saturday, they recorded a superb 3-2 victory at reigning champions Poulton Victoria Reserves, thanks to efforts from Kevin Williams, Mike Mosedale and Phil Kay.
With relegation rivals Manor Athletic paying the price at Christleton Reserves, who included several first-team regulars in their line-up, Saturday's triumph was a must-win situation for Willaston.
With two games left, they need to take maximum spoils to keep their hopes of staying in Division Two alive.
Neighbours Capenhurst Villa are also in the mire and occupy bottom spot.
Although Villa have games in hand, an 8-3 mauling against a strong Cammell Laird Reserves outfit will have done little for confidence, despite John Farrell, John McNulty and Jordan Brierley's strikes.
Villa's second string earned a useful point at New Brighton Reserves in Division Three after goals from Chris McNeill and Steve Smith ensured a 2-2 draw.
Ellesmere Port Reserves were second best on the day against high-flying Chester Nomads, who posted a 7-0 victory. Saturday's fixtures (3pm) - First Division: Castrol Social v Aintree Villa; Ellesmere Port v Ashville; Vauxhall Res v Maghull.
Second Division: Capenhurst Villa v Mond Rangers; Willaston v Merseyside Police. Third Division: Manor Athletic Res v Grange Athletic.