Belper United came from behind to share the points with Pinxton after a 1-1 draw.
The visitors hit the front after 16 minutes through Jake Allen, before Evan Garnett struck back nine minutes later.
Speaking after the game boss Paul Postlethwaite said: “We had an opportunity in the second half to go on and get all three points, but it is notoriously difficult to get anything at Pinxton.
“Our players played some excellent football at times against a very good side, who are deservedly in second spot.I have to happy with what we achieved today.”
Postlethwaite rotated his squad again with Alfie Holland and Nick Murray came back into the starting 11.
But Tim Perry failed a fitness test and looks to be out for a while.
Pinxton bossed the early stages and took the lead on 16 minutes when Whittingham was beaten by Jake Allen.
The home side were in the ascendency and had a couple of more chances to improve their lead.
United began to settle down after 25 minutes and Evan Garnett had a shot superbly saved after going through on goal.
Ten minutes later an almost identical move saw Sam Vickers score after his shot had been initially saved by the Pinxton shot-stopper.
Belper United had a good spell around the hour mark, but they failed to put away a number of glorious chances.
Ryan Wheatcroft was giving the right-back a torrid time, but the crosses or final ball weren’t always beating the front man and when they did United were denied by the keeper or woodwork.
Towards the end of the game Pinxton dominated as they pushed unsuccessfully for a winner.
Belper United: S.Whittingham, A.Robley, S.Slater, S.Roulston, J.Conkleton, A.Dhindsa, A.Holland, N.Murray, S.Vickers, E.Garnett, R.Wheatcroft.
Subs: T.Spencer, L.Mundin, A.Moss, Z.Jenkins.