TOWN Reserves are relying on others to slip up to make the end-of-season play-offs.
John Dungworth's side drew 1-1 against Walsall at Tamworth's Lamb Ground yesterday thanks to an 86th-minute goal from Matthew Young.
The hard-working midfielder latched onto a flick through from skipper John McCombe - who had been pushed up front - and finished nicely on the break.
His effort wiped out a 74th-minute goal by David McDermott for the Sadlers, who had coach Mark Kinsella in their line-up and 18-year-old goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin in inspirational form.
Town piled on the pressure towards the end but were unable to snatch a winner and, to add to their frustration, defender Martin McIntosh was taken off as a precaution after feeling a twinge of reaction to his hamstring injury.
In addition to creating Young's goal, McCombe set up a terrific chance for James Hand, who replaced Pawel Abbott at half time, but the young Irishman volleyed over from 12 yards.
Walsall also escaped when Young squared the ball to 16-year-old Lucas Akins, whose shot was well blocked by Gilmartin.
From the rebound, Hand should really have scored but he hit the ball straight at the keeper who was stranded on the ground.
Keeper Simon Eastwood performed confidently, 16-year-old Joe Skarz again did well at left wing-back (in an initial 3-5-2 formation) and Adam Wilson made an encouraging contribution in midfield.
Substitute Shane Killock, the Holme Valley-based player who is on Ossett Town's books, made his first appearance at Pontin's Division I Central level and acquitted himself well, but all the second-string players will be hoping rivals Sheffield Wednesday now slip up against Bradford tonight so they've a chance of making second and qualifying as best runners-up.
Town conclude their regular-season fixtures against Walsall at the Galpharm next Wednesday (7.00).
Town - Eastwood, Walls, McIntosh (Racchi 69), McCombe, Hardy, Skarz, Collins, Young, Wilson (Killock 80), Abbott (Hand HT), Akins. Subs not used: Bailey, Hallam.