Belper Town continued their ruthless streak in the Evo-Stik Division One South, claiming a third successive victory by beating Bedworth United 3-1 on Saturday.
Their win ensures they remain in fifth position, three points adrift of Mickleover Sports, who have played a game more than the Nailers.
Goals from Jon Froggatt in the first half and Steve Warne and Colin Marrison in the second were enough to ensure a late Bedworth goal would only prove a consolation for the home side.
Manager Peter Duffield was wary of the test ahead of them, but felt his players performed in a thorough manner.
“Bedworth are struggling down there, fighting for their lives. We told the players over the course of the week that they needed to raise their game for this one as Bedworth will make it very difficult for us.
“The players certainly did that and in the end the moments of quality you look for to win you a game were provided by ourselves. It was a very pleasing day for us.”
He noted: “The goals scored were very well taken goals. Jon was through for the first and it’s a very composed finish by him. The second was similar to the first goal last week at Loughborough, which was a really good footballing move. And the third was a brilliant delivery by Simon and Colin has gambled at the back post and it’s paid off.
“We were disappointed to concede a goal there at the end but we expect high standards and we let it slip momentarily, which is a shame because I thought the back five were tremendous yet again throughout.”
The victory means it is the Nailers’ eighth from their last ten matches, with only five points dropped from a possible 30.
With only six matches to go, Duffield is calling on cool heads to ensure a solid finish in their push for the play offs.
“We’re playing at home next for the first time in a long time, which is great but at the same time we’re winning away so we’re happy playing at home or on the road.
“We need to keep our focus and maintain our commitment and desire in our remaining matches.
“If we do that, we’ll be just fine.”
Belper Town are in action on Saturday, when they are at home to Lincoln United (3pm). Then Loughborough Dynamo are the visitors for a game on Tuesday, April 8 (7.45pm start).