TADCASTER Albion's play-off push will go to the last day after Aiden Savory's late strike earned the Brewers a point at local rivals Pickering Town.

The Brewers remain sixth in the Evo-Stik League east division but within three points of the bottom two play-off spots, occupied by Ossett United and Sheffield FC, with one game remaining.

At the other end of the table, results over the bank holiday weekend mean that Pickering are now safe at Step 5 for another season.

More good news for the Pikes is that Denny Ingram - who succeeded Paul Marshall in mid-February - will remain as manager at Mill Lane for the coming campaign.

Danny Earl opened the scoring in the 84th minute of Easter Monday's North Yorkshire derby before Savory levelled in the last minute of normal time - denying the Pikes a league double over Taddy, whom they beat 1-0 on Boxing Day.

The home side applied the early pressure in the game with a couple of half-chances in the opening 10 minutes. Brad Freer saw a long range effort sail over Michael Ingham’s crossbar before Earl looped an effort onto the roof of the net moments later after being played through on goal.

It was an end-to-end affair but only Pickering looked like getting the opening goal, with Ingham smothering a deflected attempt and a Ryan Blott half-volley whistling wide.

Taddy found their feet around the half-hour mark. Luke Porritt drove a low shot wide after racing down the left-hand side while Savory was denied by Pikes keeper Harrison Foulkes.

Albion started the second half brightly, though two early chances from Pete Davidson and Paddy Miller both cleared the crossbar.

Will Annan was causing problems for the visitors during the second half, seeing a superb cross cleared, before Foulkes foiled some good link-up play with Savory in the 18-yard box.

Casey Stewart had a low effort saved after cutting in from the left as Taddy continued to threaten, though Freer came close for Pickering against the run of play in the 55th-minute effort was saved by Ingham down to his right.

The game started to come to life with Taddy continuing to press the Pickering goal. Foulkes spilt a good cross from Porritt, but no one in a yellow shirt could convert.

Chris Howarth had the ball in the net for Taddy on the hour only to be denied by the linesman’s flag.

Promotion-hopefuls Albion had looked the more dangerous of the two sides in the second half but could not find a way past the solid Pickering back four.

And Pickering took the lead through their man-of-the-man Earl. From a cleared Taddy corner, Earl raced into the 18-yard area before firing home.

With a defeat looming, Savory rescued the valuable point for Tadcaster. His first effort was well saved by Foulkes, but the number 10 made no mistake with the rebound, taking it round the keeper and defender to roll into the net.

Scarborough Athletic lost 3-2 at premier division title-chasers South Shields on Monday. James Walshaw's second-half double cancelled out the hosts' Lee Mason's brace but Luke Daly scored at the death for Shields.

Harrogate Town beat Gateshead 2-0 at the CNG Stadium in the National League.