Peterborough Milton’s hopes of avoiding relegation suffered a blow as the bottom club could only draw 4-4 at home to Northampton.
The result could have been much worse for the hosts however as they needed a strong fightback to grab anything from the contest after losing the opening three ties.
Points from Jacob Williams (4&3) and Martin Herson (4&3) kept Milton in the match and although Northampton took game six, James Walters (5&3) and Chris White (3&2) ensured the home team avoided defeat.
Northampton meanwhile still harbour faint ambitions to win the title but they will need two big wins in their last two matches and hope leaders Northants County and Staverton Park are unsuccessful in their remaining games.
Farthingstone gave themselves a great chance to seal promotion into the second tier after recording a 5½-½ victory against Rushden in their last home match of the campaign.
Richard Hook (5&3), Adam Smith (6&5), Matt Landers (3&2), Bradley Wardell (3&2) and Sam Bird (4&3) bagged the points after Harry Barrett halved the opening tie with Rushden’s Ian Blakeley.
Farthingstone will guarantee top spot if they manage to get anything from their final two fixtures away to Rushden and Daventry.