Just one point determined the result when Liverpool took on Everton in round six of the Stawell Racquetball Association's autumn season.
Sue Monaghan saved the day for Everton with a cut throat performance against sub Sonja Wheaton in the final rubber of the night, just enough to secure the team the narrowest of victories.
Judy McNeight and Aaron Dalziel had set the scene early in the night when they took to the court. Dalziel quick out of the blocks wrapping up the first game 21-19.
Dalziel took a back seat in the second as McNeight took control to claim a 21-10 win. Just when all thought Dalziel was down and out, he returned fire in the third pushing McNeight all the way in his eventual 19-21 loss in the decider.
Nicole Dixon gave Liverpool a points buffer with her convincing win against Lochie Donovan before Everton captain Gavin Orr overcame a second game injury scare, making amends with a near flawless performance against Sean Arnfield.
Everton's Ben Kimber wasn't the only casualty in his loss to David Moloney, his racquet copped a beating as he succumbed to Moloney's power and skill at the ball after three games.
Kimber took an early lead with a 21-18 win in the first before Moloney trounced his opponent in the second 21-9.
The duo played point for point in the third, neither giving anything away. Kimber was gifted a second chance by a Moloney let call on match point, but still he fell short 19-21 in the decider.
Monaghan's win 1-2-42 to 0-0-11 was enough to get her team across the line at 2-6-194 to 3-6-193.
Manchester City held onto its position atop the competition ladder following its 13 point dismissal of Chelsea.
Carl Barry, playing in the last of three matches for the night, was no match for Jo Orr who returned after a week courtside.
David Coe was a comfortable winner against Denis Monaghan, Marcelo Sanchez and Roxane Moos likewise when they took to the court.
The closest battle on court two was played out between Man City's Anna Sullivan and Chelsea's Greg Gorter. Sullivan grabbed the early advantage by claiming the first game 21-15.
Gorter hit back in the second and couldn't be matched there on in, keeping Sullivan to just 14 points in total over the remaining two games.
West Ham dealt Tottenham a blow with its healthy 29 point defeat of the opposition.
Ham's lower grades had the biggest impact with Gary Bloomfield, Giovanna Monaghan and Jeanette Bassett all securing wins.
While for Tottenham it was captain David Kaczynski and second Carl Barry who were successful on the night.
Manchester United crashed back to earth after last week's first win of the season, enduring a massive defeat at the hands of Arsenal.
Claire Monaghan's team amassed a near perfect display with a 4-9-217 to 1-2-168 scoreline.
Carl Barry again featured in a loss to Monaghan, Matt Monaghan couldn't match it with Ben Wallace and Taaki Hamid fell to Daniel Gurney.
The consolation for the bottom placed team Liam Farrell's hard fought three game defeat of Tiny Smith.
MANCHESTER UNITED 1-2-168 lost to ARSENAL 4-9-217
C Barry 0-0-32 lost to C Monaghan 1-2-42; M Monaghan 0-0-34 lost to B Wallace 1-2-42; L Farrell 1-2-60 def T Smith 0-1-49; D Moloney (sub) 0-0-21 lost to M Sanchez (sub) 1-2-42; T Haamid 0-0-21 lost to D Gurney 1-2-42.
MANCHESTER CITY 3-6-181 def CHELSEA 2-4-168
C Barry (sub) 0-0-20 lost to J Orr 1-2-42; D Coe 1-2-42 def D Monaghan 0-0-24; A Sullivan 0-0-35 lost to G Gorter 1-2-57; M Sanchez 1-2-42 def D Moloney 0-0-24; R Moos 1-2-42 def S Walker (sub) 0-0-21.
LIVERPOOL 3-6-193 lost to EVERTON 2-6-194
S Arnfield 0-0-19 lost to G Orr 1-2-42; D Moloney 1-2-60 def B Kimber 0-1-49; J McNeight 1-2-61 def A Dalziel 0-1-47; S Wheaton (sub) 0-0-11 lost to S Monaghan 1-2-42; N Dixon 1-2-42 def L Donovan 0-0-14.
TOTTENHAM 2-4-160 lost to WEST HAM 3-6-189
D Kaczynski 1-2-42 def J Hosemans 0-0-29; C Barry 1-2-42 def M Monaghan (sub) 0-0-34; T Ranton 0-0-18 lost to G Bloomfield 1-2-42; M Cahill 0-0-35 lost to G Monaghan 1-2-42; S Hateley 0-0-23 lost to J Bassett 1-2-42.
Ladder: Manchester City 28 (points), 108.31 (%); Arsenal 26, 111.37; West Ham 24, 104.39; Everton 22, 98.09; Tottenham 21, 100.26; Liverpool 17, 97.63; Chelsea 17, 94.18; Manchester United 13, 87.53.