There was a real shock in the Evo-Stik League North on Tuesday night as leaders Hyde United suffered a 2-0 defeat to second-bottom Ossett Albion at Dimple Wells.
It was Gibraltar international Adam Priestley who damaged the Tigers` hopes of clinching the title with a brace.
Priestley scored in the 16th and then 81st minutes, with Hyde’s Ross Daly being shown a second yellow card 3 minutes before the second goal.
The result moves Albion four points ahead of bottom-markers Goole AFC with four games in hand.
Fourth-placed Bamber Bridge could have move to within a point of third-placed Scarborough Athletic had they won at Irongate against Droylsden,
But the spoils were shared in a 2-2 draw in which Brig led through Brad Carsley`s 39th minute goal until the 71st minute when the Bloods equalised through Liam Caddick.
Caddick then put the visitors ahead 4 minutes later, only for Jamie Milligan to restore parity 4 minutes later.
Clitheroe moved level on points with sixth-placed Tadcaster Albion after a 3-1 win at Seel Park against Mossley AFC.
After falling behind to a 15th minute Danny Hall effort, the Blues levelled right on half-time through Danny Brady.
And then a quickfire Kurt Willoughby brace in the 65th and 69th minutes sealed the visitors` win.
Skelmersdale United moved seven points clear of the drop zone and to within two of hosts Kendal Town after winning by the odd goal in five at Parkside.
It looked bleak for Skem as they trailed to Rob Bowman after 13 minutes and Gareth Arnison on 33 minutes.
But an 11-minute hat-trick from Scott Bakkor – the first two on 79 and 86 minutes being penalties – turned the game on its head.