DAVENTRY Town Ladies got the better of Mansfield Town on Sunday at Communications Park in a top-of-the table clash.
They knew defeat would all but end their title challenge.
The Town defended well as a unit to limit Mansfield to a handful of chances.
The best chance of the first-half fell to Nicole Evans as she volleyed over from close-range to give a 0-0 score at the break.
Daventry came out of the blocks in the second-half creating several chances.
The deadlock was broken when a through ball found Kerry Luckett. She drew the advancing keeper and squared the ball to Lauren Roberts to score.
Mansfield pressed but Daventry scored a second on the break as Nicole Evans slotted the ball past the advancing keeper.
With 10 minutes left a defensive error from a corner enabled Mansfield to get one back. They hit back at the town full of confidence and another error gifted them the equaliser with three minutes remaining.
But Daventry did not give up and Evans found herself in penalty area.
She calmly turned the defender and placed the ball between the legs of the keeper.
Laura Coulson pulled off a match-winning challenge as the goal beckoned for the Mansfield striker.
Up next is an away trip to Mansfield with the Town still believing in the treble.