Bowers & Pitsea will take the race for the last play-off spot in the Ryman League Division One North to the final weekend of the season following their 5-2 win over already-relegated Great Wakering Rovers on Tuesday night.
Brad Warner led the way, the striker scoring 4 of Bowers` goals, with Fahad Nyanja also getting his name on the scoresheet.
The home side went ahead after only 9 minutes when Warner, who bagged a brace against a Haringey Borough side who they will be battling to do better than on Saturday, last weekend, curled a free-kick over the wall and beyond Reece Hawkins.
In the 21st minute, Rovers` keeper Hawkins kicked from his hands straight to Warner, who burst through the defence before slotting into the bottom left corner to double Bowers` lead.
Great Wakering got themselves back into the game in the 33rd minute as Steve Butterworth whipped cross from the right was headed home by Ricky Evans.
But Bowers restored their two-goal advantage just a minute later when Lewis Clark’s cross was flicked towards goal by Lewis Manor, but as good as Hawkins` low save was, it only diverted the ball into the path of the incoming Nyanja, who bundled home from three yards.
Bowers grabbed their fourth goal in the 52nd minute, with Warner completing his hat-trick after a through ball from Callum Leahy.
Warner’s fourth and Bowers fifth came after 66 minutes when he played a short one-two from a corner with sub David Knight before beating a defender and curling a lovely effort into the top corner.
With 19 minutes to go, Great Wakering pulled one goal back, Billy Johnson heading home emphatically from Harley Kee’s cross.
Hawkins then did well to deny Knight and prevent an even bigger defeat.
However, the goals on the night mean that Bowers go into Saturday`s game at Bridge Road against an AFC Hornchurch side already assured of a top five spot level on goal difference with Haringey, who host Norwich United, but three points behind, so only a win will do for Bowers and hope Boro lose.