Ely City endured a week of mixed fortunes as they followed a 1-0 defeat to title rivals Great Yarmouth Town with a 2-1 victory over Team Bury.
Ely went into Saturday’s Thurlow Nunn League First Division game three points and one place above third-placed Yarmouth but found themselves switching places with their opponents in the table at the end of play.
From the outset it looked as though both teams were set out determined not to lose the game. Sam Goodge got down the Ely left and crossed the ball but evaded Matty Simpson at the far post.
Craig Neal was released through in a one-on-one situation but could not capitalise as he shot just wide of the post.
A Yarmouth forward then got beyond the Ely defence but lifted his shot over Harry Reynolds and wide of the post.
Reynolds was called into action again to make an excellent save as a Yarmouth forward was allowed time and space in the box to shoot.
Both teams enjoyed chances throughout the opening period but ultimately the quality was lacking as the score remained goalless at the interval.
There was even less goal mouth action in the second half and the odds of a 0-0 result would have been favourable. Ely lost Matty Simpson to a hamstring injury after the restart, before matters were made worse for the home side as the decisive moment of the match came in the 75th minute.
Yarmouth swung in a corner towards the goal and bundled in as custodian Reynolds appeared to be impeded.
The hosts introduced Luke Mansfield and Lewis Hook, and went on the attack to try to salvage something from the game.
However, despite their best efforts they failed to break down the dogged Yarmouth defence as the visitors held firm to seal a vital three points in the battle for league honours.
The Robins got themselves back on track on Tuesday evening with a welcome 2-1 success over Team Bury to halt their winless run.
Spencer Saberton and James Seymour gifted Ely with a two-goal advantage before Team Bury grabbed a consolation in the final moments.
The victory saw City climb back up to second ahead of hosting Dereham Town on Saturday (3pm).
n In the Premier Division, Newmarket Town came out on the wrong end of an eight-goal thriller with Thetford Town as the Brecklanders sealed a 5-3 success on Friday evening.
The Jockeys battled back from a two-goal deficit to take a 3-2 advantage into the break.
However, the home side responded superbly to strike with three further goals after the interval to snatch all three points.
Newmarket host Felixstowe & Walton United on Saturday (3pm).
n In Ryman League Division One North, Soham Town Rangers were forced to settle for a share of the spoils after being held to a 1-1 draw away at Barkingside.
It was the visitors who finally broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute, when Salim Relizani fired home.
However, the hosts levelled through Michael Spencer to take a point. Soham will hope to get back on track at home to Redbridge on Saturday (3pm).