A late goal by Jack Boland earned Otumoetai a 2-2 draw with local rivals Papamoa in a midweek Lotto NRFL Southern Conference fixture.
Playing a catch-up game after recent postponements, Papamoa twice went ahead but surrendered the lead each time.
The draw lifts Otumoetai off the foot of the table, moving ahead of Te Awamutu on goal difference.
Game played on Tuesday July 18, 2023
Otumoetai 2 (Jack Boland 68′, 89′)
Papamoa 2 (Trent Silcock 3′, 58′)
Games to be played on Saturday July 15, 2023
Taupo v Papamoa
Crown Park, Taupo, 3pm
Te Awamutu v Otumoetai
The Stadium, Te Awamutu, 3pm
Cambridge v Claudelands Rovers
John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, 3pm
Waikato Unicol v Ngongotaha Lakes
Jansen Park, Hamilton, 3pm