Belper Ladies secured a 1-1 draw at Liverpool Sefton Ladies.
Only three points separated the seventh and eighth teams in the league table at the start of what was a vitally important game for both teams.
It proved to be a scrappy match in which both teams repeatedly gave away possession.
Belper had the better territorial advantage in the first half and gained a number of penalty corners, but on each occasion was denied by the outstanding
goalkeeping of Sefton’s Danni Tedford, which was largely responsible for half-time being reached without any scoring.
The second half followed much the same pattern as the first, but sprung into meaningful action with 10 minutes remaining.
The underfire Sefton defence fired a long downfield clearance, which caught Belper shorthanded allowing Jane Bazley-Harrison to round the Belper keeper and fire the home side into the lead.
It looked bleak for Belper when Louisa Boddy picked up a 10 minute sin bin, but ironically with a player down, Sally Goodman equalised with just four minutes remaining as her low shot,following a penalty corner, finally eluding the grasp of the Sefton keeper.
The draw leaves Belper three points clear of the Merseysiders.
Belper men baet leaders Leek 3-2 thanks to two goals from Chris Beastall and one from Manny Soar.