A LAST gasp converted try gave Ellesmere Port a crucial win in their relegation battle with Aston-on-Mersey.
Port had trailed 10-0 at half time but showed real fight and determination as Paul Watkinson and Kev Richardson went over. Dave Layder converted Richardson's 78th-minute try to give the points to the home side.
Port's captain Neil Percival said: 'It was a fantastic performance that could prove crucial in our bid to stay up.
'We stuck at it well in the first half and then dominated the second.
'I can't really understand why Ashton are struggling near the bottom as they are a very good side. We've closed the gap to just one point now and if we win three of our last five games, I think we'll stay up.'
This weekend is a busy one for the Ellesmere Port side as they face two games in 24 hours. On Saturday they visit another struggling side, Orrell, in a re-arranged league game. On Sunday they then play Port Sunlight in the quarter-final of the Cheshire Plate.
Percival said: 'We'll play our strongest side on Saturday and then may have to mix things up a little for the following day. We never normally play two games in a weekend but it's something we'll have to just get on with.'