EARLSWOOD Town recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season at Fairfield Villa as their bid to move off the bottom of the Midland Division Two table picked up more pace.
A narrow 1-0 win moves Earlswood to within three points of fellow strugglers Feckenham and both teams meet twice in the next few weeks.
In a typical end of season game between two even sides, Earlswood probably deserved to take the points on their second half performance but it was the visitors were first on the attack but Tom Keogh intervened with a timely tackle.
At the other end Thomas Giddings tested Colin Mathews with a head before Daniel Rushe had to come out of his goal to rob a Fairfield forward of a chance to shoot.
At the other end Lewis James went on a good run and a Fairfield defender just manged to divert his final effort out for a corner before Mickey Corrigan had a snap shot from just outside the penalty area which sailed the wrong side of the post.
Three minutes before half time a Fairfield player sent in a long range effort but Rushe in the Earlswood goal had no problem saving it.
After the break Earlswood lost the services of Declan Staunton when he was injured going for the ball in a tackle.
Mathews saved a Thomas Giddings shot in the Fairfield goal before Earlswood were getting slightly on top and Mathews was called into action on a couple of more occasions.
Mathews made a good save in the Fairfield goal when he tipped a Joe Casey header just over the cross bar for a corner before the winning goal came four minutes from time.
Substitute Joe Casey guided a header past the outstretched hands of Colin Mathews into the Fairfield net to end what had been a closely fought contest.