Brighouse Town boosted their chances of forcing their way into the NPL First Division North play-off places with a fine 2-1 win away to Kendal Town yesterday.
Paul Quinn’s side had drawn 1-1 at home to the same opponents a fortnight earlier when a late goal pegged them back.
Sam Bailey, who had missed a penalty in that meeting, struck late again for Kendal yesterday but by that time the damage had been done.
Ben Wharton gave Brighouse the lead after five minutes with a looping header over the keeper following fine work down the right from Adam Baker.
The visitors doubled their tally in first half added time with a near post header by James Pollard from Daniel Grimshaw’s corner.
It stayed 2-0 until Bailey’s late effort but Brighouse kept their noses in front and are ninth in the table ahead of Monday’s crunch visit from Ossett Town.
Ossett are sixth and won 4-0 at Radcliffe Borough yesterday.
Brighouse are also at home next Saturday against 11th-placed Bamber Bridge, who drew 1-1 at Glossop North End yesterday.