Rutland Ladies’ challenge for the Cambridgeshire League crown will go right to the wire after a surprise defeat to Cambridge University.
Second-placed Rutland are two points behind leaders Wisbech with a game in hand but Saturday’s 2-1 loss has thrown the title race open.
If they win their final two games they are guaranteed the title - anything less and they could be pipped by Wisbech.
The university side took the lead with a speculative effort from outside the circle which deflected in off Rutland’s keeper. Rules introduced this season meant the goal was allowed but Rutland should already have been ahead by that point.
Coach Simon Cooper said: “We missed a host of chances in the first 20 minutes, and they cleared one off the line.”
Kate Stubbs hit the post at the other end and after the break Rutland continued to pour forward in search of an equaliser only to be caught out on the break.
Cooper added: “We chased it and probably over-committed too early in our anxiety take advantage of a numerical advantage.” A Cambridge player was off the pitch injured at the time.
Penny Skipper had a goal correctly disallowed while Charlotte Knight, Rachel Richardson and Lucy Gin all went close.
The university side’s goalkeeper played a blinder but was finally beaten by Anne Pollock in the final ten minutes.
Rutland missed a chance to go top but the destination of the title still remains in their hands. Their next game is at Huntingdon on Sunday.
Rutland: Tracy Taylor, Charlotte Knight, Jen Pollock, Lucy Ginn, Katie Richardson, Rachel Richardson, Anne Pollock, Penny Skipper, Kate Stubbs, Nicki Perry, Issy Chedd.