Ossett Albion all-but secured their Evo-Stik Premier League safety thanks to a 2-0 victory over Salford City at Dimple Wells on Tuesday night.
The victory moved Albion nine points clear of the relegation zone, occupied by Garforth Town, with three games to go, but Albion’s goal difference is also a huge 59 better than their rivals.
Goals from Niall O’Brien and Caldon Henson were enough to give Richard Tracey’s men victory and also move them above Goole in the Division 1 North table.
The first half was fairly even with neither side creating too many clear-cut chances in front of goal.
The opener came just after the half-hour mark when a long ball forward was met by Henson, who headed it across the face of goal for O’Brien to steer beyond the Salford goalkeeper.
The goal lifted the hosts and they created more chances to improve their lead before half-time but had to be content with a one-goal cushion.
Salford looked for a leveller early in the second half but Albion were determined to hang on to their lead and clinch their Evo-Stik Premier League status.
They did that on the hour mark when the hosts were awarded a penalty following an infringement inside the area. Henson stepped up and made no mistake with the spot-kick.
While Albion were celebrating a vital victory, Ossett Town suffered a heavy 4-0 loss against Trafford less than a mile up the road at Ingfield.
Goals from Nia Bayunu, Alistair Brown, Andrew Smart and Martyn Andrews gave the visitors a comprehensive win and made it back-to-back defeats by the same scoreline for Craig Elliott’s side.