Selby Town have dramatically handed the Northern Counties East League premier division title initiative to bitter rivals Goole after slipping up 2-1 at Sheffield.

A draw for the Robins last night would have eliminated Harrogate Railway from promotion contention while three points would have left them needing just one point to claim the title on Saturday.

But the last-minute defeat to a side who won a League Cup semi-final on penalties after extra time only 24 hours earlier, means that if Goole win both of their last games, they win the league, while Rail are also still in the hunt.

Matty Wain fired Selby ahead early in the second half following a dominant first 45 with Wain and Chris Kamara both going close.

But Sheffield midfielder Mark Willgoose responded ten minutes later by lifting the ball coolly over Selby 'keeper Adam Mitchell to level.

Both teams pressed for a winner and it was Sheffield who broke clear in the final minute for Chris White to drive home and secure a league double over the Robins and clear the way for Goole - who face Eccleshill United tomorrow in their game in hand - to take the title.

Updated: 10:54 Wednesday, April 27, 2005