Holwell’s final away game of the season ended in frustration as they were held to a 3-3 draw by lowly Aylestone Park on Saturday.
A Scott Mooney goal five minutes from time rescued a point as Park, who will finish the season second bottom of the EMCL, took advantage of a below-par Holwell performance.
Chris Hatton took sole charge of the team for the final time before manager Simon Daws returns from his six-match ban for the final game of the season on Saturday.
Holwell were down to the bare bones again with Parra-Watson, Wells, and Calver all out injured.
The visitors were also without the unavailable Denigan and Stevenson, while Byrne had returned to his parent club, and Rose was suspended.
Holwell fell behind early on, but a Kieran Foster goal right on the stroke of half-time levelled matters for Sports.
Chris Hibbitt then gave Holwell the lead on the hour mark with a header from a corner.
But Aylestone hit back and two goals in 15 minutes put them 3-2 ahead before Holwell’s top scorer Mooney netted his 33rd of a very prolific season to salvage a point.
The result was disappointing but maintained Holwell’s unbeaten record against sides in the bottom eight of the league, winning 12 and drawing five, with one to play against 12th-placed Holbrook on Saturday.
The point lifted Holwell above local rivals Barrow into eighth place, and they will look to end the season on a high by completing a league double over in-form Holbrook at Welby Road (kick-off 3pm).
The Derbyshire side crashed St Andrews’ championship party on Saturday by defeating them 2-1 to dramatically put the title back into the hands of Bardon Hill who Holbrook entertained last night (Wednesday).