Ten-man Hemel Hempstead Town FC kept their promotion dreams alive with a battling victory at Bedworth United on Tuesday night.
The Tudors went into the game knowing that only a win would be good enough against struggling Bedworth, but they were forced to play with 10 men for more than half the game after Moussa Diarra was sent off.
That did not stop Dean Brennan’s side from going for the three points, however, and David King struck the winner to maintain the Tudors’ position in third place in the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division table and move them level on points with second-placed Stourbridge.
After two weeks without a game due to postponements, Hemel made a good start to the game and Dave Pearce put the Tudors in front after eight minutes.
The Tudors lacked sharpness as the first half progressed, though, and Bedworth were given a lifeline eight minutes before half-time.
Diarra felled his man in the penalty area and was given his marching orders, allowing the hosts to level the game up from the spot.
Things were looking bleak for the Tudors at half-time, but manager Brennan inspired his side at the interval and King fired home the winner with 25 minutes left to play.
The victory comes as a welcome boost for Hemel ahead of Saturday’s eagerly-awaited trip to table-topping Leamington.