Scarborough Athletic produced a fine performance on the road, beating nine-man Bedworth United by a 3-0 scoreline.
Goals from debut boys Grant Ryan and Jordan Thewlis, and top-scorer Gary Bradshaw, wrapped up the victory.
After the disappointment of last weekend’s defeat at Chasetown, Boro bounced back admirably against the lowly Greenbacks.
Boss Rudy Funk handed debuts to both striker Ryan and wideman Jordan Thewlis, both impressed in a lively attacking performance.
Thewlis could have given Boro a lead in the first minute when his angled header was saved by the home keeper.
It didn’t take fellow debutant Ryan long to make his impact though, as he swept home a shot from just inside the area with his first meaningful touch for the club.
A second goal followed soon after when Jimmy Beadle, returning to the starting 11, floated a ball into the box and Bradshaw nipped in to net.
Bedworth were on the ropes by this point and Boro should have taken further advantage.
In fact, they were unlucky not to. Bradshaw drew a one-handed save from Bedworth keeper James Hogarth-Wren, Bryan Hughes whipped a free-kick just over the bar and Beadle had a header cleared off the line.
Bedworth did show some promise as the half wore on. Thewlis had to head off the line and Andy Milne sliced a clearance just past the post. Then, after a slip by Milne, Chad Degville-Cross raced clear, but his finished rolled wide.
The predatory instincts of Ryan were shown once again in the final stages of the half, as he picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and crashed a shot just over the crossbar.
The second half moved away to a much slower start, with Boro battling on with a gusting wind in their faces.
They still controlled much of the play though, and had the best chance of these exchanges. Bradshaw sprinted onto a huge White clearance, but he was denied by Marlon Walters’ saving tackle.
This turned out to be Walters’ last contribution, as he was handed a second yellow card by the referee and the hosts were down to 10 men.
Bedworth seemed to revel in this hardship, forcing a number of corners, but Boro put their bodies on the line defensively.
Boro threw on Ryan Blott for the closing stages, with the lively Ryan Williams being withdrawn.
Referee Alan Sarginson tried to take centre stage after this. Producing the yellow card as if he was trying to break a record. One of these cards was given to Degville-Cross, his second, resulting in another early Bedworth bath.
Thewlis was unlucky not to take full advantage when he reached Beadle’s ball across the box, but failed to force it into an open net.
Beadle almost scored a goal of his own as well, but his shot hit the sidenetting after he darted onto Blott’s ball.
New recruit Thewlis did wrap the win up right on the final whistle though, stopping to finish a corner from the left at the near post from Beadle’s pass.
That sealed a fine performance that managed to keep the embers of Boro’s play-off ambitions glowing.