Nathan Jarman had a birthday to remember as the striker scored twice to guide Gainsborough Trinity to a 2-0 win at Gloucester City.
The former Barnsley and Grimsby Town frontman found the net twice in the opening half an hour to set the Holy Blues on their way to a fifth National League win of the season.
Gloucester enjoyed more of the second half but Gainsborough goalkeeper Jan Budtz was not really stretched as Steve Housham’s men held strong.
It was Jarman’s striker partner Marc Newsham who had the first couple of efforts on goal, as his free-kick was comfortably saved and he then sliced an effort wide in quick succession.
But the visitors didn’t have to wait long for the opening goal as Jamie Yates passed to Jarman and he curled a delightful strike into the far, top corner in the 12th minute.
The second then came a quarter of an hour later when the 28-year-old latched on to a long ball and he drove the ball home from just outside the area.
Gloucester improved as the sides approached the break and almost pulled one back when James Bowen headed the ball across goal and Joe Parker was just unable to reach it and tap home from close range.
Trinity were worthy of their two-goal lead though and almost added another just six minutes into the second half. Newsham sent in a lovely cross but Simon Russell, who only returned last week after a month out injured, was unable to get a shot away.
Gainsborough goalkeeper Budtz did not have a lot to do in the opening hour but he remained alert to rush out of his goal and save from Joe Parker.
Gloucester had more chances in the second half without really troubling Budtz. City had two efforts blocked, and Obi Anoruo and Jonte Smith were both wayward, as Trinity held on for a clean-sheet and all three points.