Hemel Hempstead Town made it seven wins on the spin as goals from David Hutton and Dave Pearce earned a 2-0 win at nine-man Corby Town.
Hutton put Calor League Southern Premier Division leaders Hemel in front after 12 minutes, before Paul Malone was given his marching orders for two fouls in the space of three minutes at the end of the first half.
Substitute Pearce made it 2-0 to the Tudors in the 63rd minute, and Corby’s misery was compounded late in the game when joint-manager Tommy Wright was dismissed after two yellow cards in quick succession.
It was another good display from Hemel, who went into the game on the back of an exciting 5-3 victory over Banbury United on Boxing Day.
Boasting a five-point lead at the top of the league, Hemel were clear favourites to extend their winning run and they went in front when Hutton took advantage of some slack Corby defending to fire past Paul Walker from the edge of the penalty area.
Both sides had chances as the half progressed – Danny Talbot, Ben Mackey and Tom Berwick coming close for the Tudors – but the game turned shortly before the interval as Malone was sent off.
Despite being a man down Corby began the second half in a positive manner and Hemel keeper Laurie Walker was forced into a decent save, while Mackey was denied at the other end.
In the 56th minute, Hemel manager Dean Brennan replaced James Folkes with Pearce and his decision was justified a few minutes later as the substitute drilled an effort into the corner of the net to increase the visitors’ lead.
Murphy’s frustration showed late on as he became the second Corby player to take an early bath, and Hemel held on comfortably for the three points to maintain their lead at the top.