NEWLANDS needed a stoppage- time strike from Jason Harrison to secure maximum points at Hunmanby United and keep them in with a chance of challenging for the title..
Shaun Mancrief’s men enjoyed the lion’s share of possession as Hunmanby battled to sneak a point from the clash.
Stu Bates was unlucky as he saw his effort cannon back off the crossbar.
But Kile Fields stayed calm under pressure in the area to finish off a neat Newlands move and put his side 1-0 up after 25 minutes.
Hunmanby levelled things up after 55 minutes when a scramble in the area was tapped past stand-in keeper George Elliott, who performed well after coming into the side at the last minute.
And it remained that way until the 93rd minute when Harrison, who had stayed forward at a free-kick, found some space and found the back of the net off the post.
Mancrief said: “Sometimes you need a stroke of luck. But we deserved it today.”
West Pier opened up a five-point gap at the top of the table as they comfortably brushed aside a depleted Ayton side 5-0.
Tommy Barker struck the bar after just 30 seconds, and it was sign of things to come as Pier dominated proceedings.
Pier were 1-0 up after 20 minutes when Danny Cooper’s powerful header found the back of the net.
Mike Hartnett scored a superb solo goal five minutes later made it 2-0 going in to the interval.
Pier made it 3-0 when Steve Dorey’s cross was bundled in by Pier midfielder Will Jenkinson.
The two Barkers then teamed up to make it 4-0 as Mike first robbed a defender and cut back for Tommy, who snatched at his first attempt before netting with his second.
Martin Cooper’s delicate chip rounded things off at 5-0, and boss Andy Spivey was a happy man.
He said: “We’re happy with the win. Ayton have cost us a few points over the last few years, but we managed to capitalise on them missing a few.”
At the other end of the table, Scalby leapt out of the bottom two on goal difference as they beat fellow strugglers Fishburn Park 3-1 at Carr Lane.
Defeat would have virtually sewn up Scalby’s relegation, with their opposition Fishburn sitting three points clear going into the clash.
Scalby went ahead when Carl Townley rose highest to head home a corner after 20 minutes.
Carl’s younger brother Ashley then made it 2-0 to Matty Scott’s men, latching on to a Shaun Scales flick-on and rocketting his volley into the bottom corner.
Scores remained that way until Park halved their deficit just after the break.
But Scalby were able to regain their two goal advantage when Townley headed home another corner to make it 3-1 and help Scalby to three points that could prove vital come the end of the season.
Libyan utility man Yousef Asheg and player-boss Scott were Scalby’s stand-out performers.
John Reed’s Ryedale side overcame Eastfield St James 2-0 to move above them and into the top four.
They were 1-0 up when Harry Reed netted after good work down the flank from Nick Wilkinson.
It took until the 88th minute for Ryedale to make it 2-0 and confirm their win.
Wilkinson again was at the heart of their good work and his ball found Heath Brown, who headed in.
Eastfield had two men sent off in the second half of the clash.