Gainsborough Trinity ran out 3-1 victors over a beleaguered Hednesford Town, at a rain soaked Northolme.
The win secured their third home win on the bounce and their fourth league win in five to propel themselves into the top ten.
Trinity find themselves nine points off Boston United currently occupying the final play off spot, with three games in hand on their local rivals as the Blues approach a busy Christmas period on an excellent run of results.
A proud Steve Housham said: “I’m delighted with the three points. The only disappointment was conceding the late consolation when the lads went sloppy for the last five minutes, which took the gloss off an otherwise excellent performance.”
Marc Newsham was on the scoresheet twice in the first half as Trinity pegged the visitors back in their own half.
Trinity started on the front foot, but Jan Budtz was first to make a save, denying Sean Williams from twenty yards, low to his left.
Newsham then opened the scoring when he grabbed his first after pressing the ball deep in Hednesford territory, firing beyond Dan Crane in the visiting goal, from Jarman’s squared ball
Liam Davis was then involved, twice calling Dan Crane into action following good work by the wing man, first shooting straight at Crane, before a deflected cross found the arms of a relieved goalkeeper.
Jan Budtz had to be alert to tip over a header from a long throw in by Hednesford’s skipper Ben Bailey.
Stephen Brogan delivered a peach of a ball from the left, but Newsham couldn’t direct his header on target, the ball skidding wide of the upright.
On 34 minutes Hednesford cut the home side open, but Thomas’ ball from the right missed everyone in the centre.
Ahmed Obeng then went close for the Pitmen, turning twice on the edge of the box, before firing in a shot that Budtz did well to hold in slippery conditions.
Undeterred by his earlier miss and with confidence high, Marc Newsham grabbed his second with an exquisite finish, sweeping home Jamie Yates’ left footed centre after a good attacking move down the Trinity right.
Newsham doing brilliantly to take the ball, despite it being slightly behind the former Boston hitman.
Soon after the break that man Newsham was a fraction away from connecting after pinball in the box following a Jamie Yates corner, just unable to apply the finishing touch.
Showing good industry on the right, Simon Russell was felled, allowing Stephen Brogan to step up and strike a superb free-kick off the angle of post and bar. As the ball rebounded into play, Russell did well to keep possession of the ball for Trinity and play a neat one two, before delivering a low centre, which allowed Liam Davis to control and turn, striking low past Crane from eight yards to make the game safe.
With the game seemingly won, the Pitmen came back into the game and created a couple of chances of their own. Jan Budtz was equal to a close range Danico Johnson effort after a driving run and centre from Adam Thomas.
Josh Lacey continued to tackle back tigerishly getting in a number of timely interventions to protect the Blues’ lead despite the best efforts of Pitmen substitute Kyle Perry who finally reduced the arrears on 86, glancing an Andy Todd centre past Budtz to give the visitors hope.
But it was little more than a consolation as a late Sean Williams effort flew over the bar and a further free kick from the Hednesford #7 smashed into the Trinity wall.
Gainsborough Trinity: Budtz, Roma, Lacey, Brogan, D’Laryea, Picton, Russell (Binns 82), Davis (Drury 79), Newsham, Jarman, Yates.
Subs not used: Wilson, Stamp, Hedge.
Hednesford Town: Crane, Disney, Regan (James 74), Bailey, Williams, Digie (Perry 46), Williams, Thomas, Peers (Johnson 60), Obeng, Todd
Subs not used: Ennis, Trainer
Referee: Alf Greenwood.