Basement side Ossett Albion picked up a precious three points with a 1-0 victory over Mossley at Dimple Wells on Wednesday night.
Dale Kelly’s first-minute strike proved enough for Albion to secure their first home victory of the season in Evo-Stik Division 1 North.
Richard Tracey’s men remain bottom of the table but the crucial win keeps them in touch with the sides directly above them and will give them a much-needed boost in morale following a poor start to the season.
The decisive moment came in the first minute and in somewhat fortuitous circumstances when the Mossley goalkeeper failed to keep hold of a long-range Albion effort and Kelly was on-hand to prod home the rebound.
The strong winds made it difficult for either side to form any free-flowing football and the hosts comfortably dealt with all their mid-table visitors had to throw at them.
Albion goalkeeper Adam Rhodes made some crucial saves in the second half as Mossley looked for a leveller but Tracey’s men showed plenty of character to hold on to their lead and secure the points.
Ossett Town bounced back from their weekend FA Cup exit at Colwyn Bay with a 2-1 win at Salford City.
Ryan Qualter gave Craig Elliott’s men a sixth-minute lead but Daniel Browne got Salford on level terms six minutes before half-time.
The visitors made sure of maximum points thanks to Shaun Connor’s strike just before the hour mark.
Wakefield FC showed plenty of spirit at Padiham but returned from Lancashire with nothing to show for their efforts.
The game looked as good as over when the hosts raced into a 3-0 lead after half-an-hour but in-form Rob Bordman scored just before the break to give the visitors hope and Ferdinand Annor pulled another goal back just after the hour mark.
Martin Parkes gave the hosts a two-goal cushion soon after but Bordman’s second of the match ensured a tense finish but Padiham held on.