BORO Reserves cannot buy a win at present.
After they had come from behind to equalise against second-in-the-table Vulcan, most of the second half was played in the home side's half.
On 85 minutes, and with the match seemingly heading for a draw, a Halton back pass to the edge of the 18-yard box was cleared by Halton goalkeeper Mark Southern.
The ball fell for a Vulcan player on the edge of the centre circle and he volleyed it straight back towards an empty Halton goal - another cruel defeat for Boro.
Vulcan had led from the tenth minute after a defensive header from a cross dropped to the feet of a surprised attacker, who side-footed home.
With the interval approaching, a left-wing cross from Jonathan Harrison was met by Mike to head home from inside the six-yard box.
Halton Borough 1st's host Avon Athletic in the Drinkwater Cup (ko 2.30pm). Inter Union U10s 2 Heath United 0: Inter of the Halton & District Junior League claimed a Best Estate Agents section victory which keeps their treble ambitions burning.
Two quick first-half goals from Jordan Maddock set up the win.
Heath were restricted to few chances and when they did threaten, Jamie Weeder and Matthew Brown plus ever-reliable keeper Patrick Tyrrell stood firm. Inter Union U9s 0 Wolves Cubs U9s 0: The battle of H&DJFL Pro-Star section's Inter, lying third, and second-placed Cubs ended in stalemate.
Neither had many chances with most of the action being centred in midfield.
Jamie Blythe went close in the second half when a long range free kick skirted the crossbar.
This result now throws even more emphasis for the reverse fixture in a few weeks' time. nThe Halton & District Junior Football League is looking for new teams for the 2006-07 season, starting in September.
Applications are welcome from teams in all age groups from Under 8s to Under 16s.
U12s to U16s inclusive play on Saturdays and U11s on Sundays.
Mini Soccer teams - U8s to U10s inclusive - play on Saturdays or Sundays.
For further information, call the league secretary, Julie Cole, on 01928 561746 or visit www.hdjfl.org.uk