Danny Booth squeezed in an injury-time winner for Rainworth Welfare as they defeated lowly 10-man Barton Town 3-2 to stretch their unbeaten run to eight matches.
The Wrens raced into a two-goal lead, but after Barton’s red card the home side paid the penalty for complacency as the visitors levelled 10 minutes from time.
Rainworth overcame a sluggish start and in the seventh minute Matt Sykes’s inch-perfect through ball was met by Niall Smith, who rounded the onrushing Sam Riches to score.
Nine minutes later an excellent flick-on by Modest found Liam Royles, who delivered a cross that Tomas Poole converted via the underside of the bar.
Barton’s Will Waudby was shown a red card for a tackle from behind on Liam Royles, who had to be replaced after lengthy treatment.
The incident seemed to galvanise Barton, while Rainworth struggled to regain any continuity.
On the stroke of half-time Sam Denton finished into the top cornerto make it 2-1, but Rainworth continued to create chances in the second half as Matt Sykes, Rob Ludlam, Nathan Modest and Poole might have added to the Wrens’ lead.
Barton levelled when Rainworth lost possession at their own short corner and eventually conceded a penalty, which Tom Waudby converted.
RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Ludlam; N. Smith; Booth; Ross (Wilson); Pemberton; Royles (Nightingale); Goodwin; Modest; Poole (Dawes); Sykes.
Subs (not used): Walker; Bennett.
Referee: Mr James King.