MELVILLE City Hockey Club’s men secured a vital three points after a 2-1 win over Old Aquinians at Morris Buzacott Reserve on Sunday afternoon.
Melville went into the game against fifth-placed Aquinians deep in the relegation zone and desperately needing points to avoid relegation playoffs.
Aquinians needed to win to consolidate a finals spot, so both sides had everything to play for.
Melville started poorly and conceded an early goal after a series of defensive errors.
After the goal both sides settled into a defensive arm wrestle and with few chances being created and Aquinians held their lead at half time.
The visitors had the better of the early stages of the second half and looked likely to take the points until Nick Tate converted a penalty corner with less than 15 minutes to go.
Less than a minute later Justin McDougall scored a field goal to make the score 2-1, and despite a few nervous moments against an increasingly desperate opposition Melville held on.
Melville coach Russell Lee said he was glad things had broken his side’s way for a change.