A LATE penalty strike from Leeton United's Conor Edenden denied Henwood Park the chance to draw level with Lake Albert before next week's top two blockbuster after a 2-all draw at MIA Sports Fields on Sunday.
After beating South Wagga 5-2 on Saturday, Leeton backed up on Sunday to hold the Hawks to a draw in the Pascoe Cup catch-up round and move into fifth spot.
It means Henwood Park, who haven't lost since round three, will enter next week's clash with Lake Albert at Rawlings Park on Saturday two points adrift of the Sharks.
Hawks coach Matt Menser was disappointed with the penalty call, adamant goalkeeper Nathan Trinder was harshly dealt with when the referee ruled he had infringed.
It is the second time in a week the two sides have shared the spoils after a scoreless draw in Wagga last round.
"To be honest I don't think it was a penalty, I think it was a bad decision," Menser said.
"Our keeper got the ball with his two hands but the ref said he went through the back of Leeton player, that's just football."
Leeton scored early through Michael DiLorenzo before Ryan McKenzie levelled scores for Henwood Park soon after.
A diving header by Ned Evans off a cross from a free kick gave the Hawks the lead after an hour, before the hosts struck late.
"We're a couple of points behind them (Lake Albert) now, so it will be a big match next week," Menser said.
"We started poorly and were slow to get into it, if we don't step it up next week we'll be in the same position."
In the other catch-up match a Nick Young brace guided Tolland to a 3-1 win over South Wagga at Rawlings Park on Saturday night.
In the only catch-up match played in the Leonard Cup Tolland were too good for Junee 3-2.