Bury Town missed out on the chance to make vital ground on fifth-place as Craig Parker missed a penalty in a goalless draw with title-chasers Wealdstone.
Richard Wilkins’ side could have gone four points behind Margate in the chase for a fifth-place play-off spot with six games to go after their 4-0 defeat at Carshalton Athletic.
But much-improved Bury had to be content with a point after Parker put his penalty kick over the bar in the first half.
Title-chasers Maldon and Tiptree beat Mark Morsley’s Needham Market 1-0 while Gorleston and Walsham-le-Willows played out a goalless draw.
Things look bleak for Thetford Town in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division after the relegation-threatened side lost 3-1 at home to Hadleigh United and Stowmarket Town lost 4-0 at promotion-chasing Newmarket Town in the First Division.
In the rugby Bury St Edmunds’ quest to go a whole season unbeaten will come down to the last game after thrashing Becaonsfield away from home 108-5.
Mildenhall Fen Tigers’ speedway season got under way on Sunday with the National League grand slam winners suffering a narrow 45-41 National Shield first leg home defeat to Dudley Heathens.
In the Championship Ipswich Town moved up to the heady heights of 14th after a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at Derby County.
Scott Loach saved a penalty with his legs in the first half before a controversial offside flag ruled out a Derby opener in the second half.
Despite having far less of the game, Carlos Edwards broke from inside his own half in the 93rd minute and sent a 25-yard drive beyond the goalkeeper for the winner. Mick McCarthy’s side are now six points clear of the relegation zone.
A 2-2 draw for hosts Norwich City against League Cup winners Swansea City in the Premier League saw the Canaries inch a point closer to safety, now in 14th and four points above the drop zone.
* For a full round-up of local results, including a chance to win tickets to Bury St Edmunds RFC’s potentially historic last game against Luton, see Friday’s Bury Free Press.