Shaw Lane 1, Altrincham 2
It was a tough night for Shaw Lane who battled hard, only to concede a goal in the last seven minutes against the league leaders.
Visitors Altrincham will be breathing a sigh of relief after Josh Hancock came up with the winner on 83 minutes to put them one point away from winning the title.
The striker hit his 17th of the league campaign after controlling the ball in the area, turning Jake Skelton and tucking the ball away past Ed Wilczynski.
The result could easily have gone the other way on 55 minutes when a Chib Chilaka header was denied by Anthony Townsend from point blank range following a delivery into the box from the free-kick.
Shaw Lane had already battled back into the game on 43 minutes when lively Godwin Abadaki won a penalty for his hard work in the box. Former Altrincham striker Damian Reeves sent Townsend the wrong way to net his 21st of the season in all competitions.
The equaliser came just three minutes after the Robins took the lead for the first time. A ball from the right found John Johnston one on one with Wilczynski on the edge of the area. The Altrincham player was able to take it past the keeper before squeezing the ball home from a narrow angle with defender Kelvin Lugsden trying to block the goal line.
The result leaves Shaw Lane still chasing for a play-off spot. With four games left to play they are four points behind Farsley Celtic, but do have a solitary game in hand on their rivals.
Full Time: Shaw Lane 1, Altrincham 2.
Shaw Lane Line-up: Wilczynski, Bryne, Gordon, Kel. Lugsden, Skelton, Ki. Lugsden, Norris, Abadaki, Dyson, Chilaka (Rothery, 76), Reeves. Subs Not Used: Wright (gk), Davies, Williams.