Delighted boss Glen Clarence was full of praise for his Heanor Town players after they beat bogey team Maltby Main.
Heanor had won just one of their five previous meetings against a Maltby side who steamrolled them back in August 2013.
But a single goal from Kieran Wells was enough to wrap up maximum points for Clarence’s men.
Said Clarence: “Maltby Main are what they are. They will never stop.
“That’s possibly why we haven’t beaten them on the last three occasions. Today we have won because we stuck to our guns and believed in the way we played.”
Coach Steve Huntington Wwas also delighted with his side’s workrate and said: “I don’t think it was just the defence, the whole team have ran their socks off.
“We knew what the game was going to be about. We knew Maltby would turn up, keep going and never stop.
“What they lack in technical ability they make up for in their work rate and attitude.”
“Some of our fans didn’t agree, but I thought we were very good today, we worked the ball very well and created numerous chances. I say it regularly that if we keep a clean sheet we will win.”
And Heanor know they will face perhaps their hardest game of the season on Saturday when they attempt to tame table-topping Tadcaster.
But, despite Tadcaster being in a commanding posotion, Clarence is refusing to give up in the title race.
“We said before this game that every game is important,” said Clarence.
“Tadcaster were running away with the league, some people already think they have won it.
“As they are at the top of the table they are obviously the team to beat, if we get a result there we will be five points behind with a game in hand. The title race is certainly not over.”