Thatcham Town kept their hopes of finishing third in the Hellenic Premier League alive with an important 2-1 win over Flackwell Heath on Saturday.
The Kingfishers had to play the entire second half with 10 men but dug deep to hold off the Heathens and beat them for the first time this season.
It means fourth-placed Thatcham are seven points behind Flackwell in third, but do have two games in hand.
Flackwell had made the perfect start to Saturday’s match as Ben Sturgess’ penalty kick was slammed into the bottom corner after just seven minutes.
It was almost two soon afterwards as Liam Tack’s strike came back off the bar, but Flackwell kept their narrow lead.
On 25 minutes Thatcham drew level with their own penalty, converted neatly by Shane Cooper-Clark.
And after the same player hit the bar moments later, Kingfishers took the lead as Tom Melledew’s corner floated straight into the net.
Things were quiet until just before the half-time whistle, when James Tennant was sent off after catching Mitchel Woodward off the ball.
Thatcham had to play the second half with one less man as a result, but still had a chance to extend their lead as Gareth Thomas’s header went wide.
Again Flackwell hit the bar – this time with Jamie Essex’s header, before seeing another effort go just wide of the post in the final stages. But Thatcham were able to hang on for victory.
The Kingfishers are at home to Binfield on Saturday, before travelling to face Oxford City Nomads on Tuesday night.