Nelson drew 2-2 with Northwich Flixton Villa on Saturday, gaining ground on Hanley Town, who lost 3-0 at home to Ashton Town.
The Blues twice led, Richie Allen firing them ahead after six minutes with his 11th of the season after a corner wasn’t cleared.
Two minutes later a long free kick wasn’t dealt with and Abubakar Sheego beat ben Woodhead.
Nelson went back in front on 20 minutes when Peter Wright joined Allen on 11 goals, again from a corner.
However, with a minute remaining, Matt Greenwood netted the equaliser.
Nelson are at Jarrow Roofing in the FA Vase on Saturday, kick-off 3 p.m.