Ten-man Corby Town moved back to the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division with a superb 1-0 victory at Redditch United.
The Steelmen had goalkeeper Paul Walker sent off in the second half but still managed to find the winning goal through Spencer Weir-Daley.
They held on for the three points and it sent them one clear at the summit after Poole Town, who still have three games in hand, slipped to a shock 2-1 home defeat to Bideford.
Corby had an early shout for a penalty waved away after an apparent foul on Cleveland Taylor but it proved to be a very even first period, which ended goalless.
The drama came in the second half, however, when Walker saw red for a foul on the edge of the area.
Sam Donkin came on at the expense of Elliott Chamberlain but it was the Steelmen who went in search of the winner.
Greg Mills went close with an effort just over the bar but the crucial moment arrived just past the hour when Weir-Daley coolly found the corner to give Corby the lead.
The Steelmen held on despite being a man down and were rewarded when news of Poole’s result came through.
Both Corby and Poole are back in action on Tuesday night with the Steelmen heading to Slough, looking to maintain their place at the summit.
Steelmen: Walker, Thomas, Morley, Anton, N’Goma, Byrne, Mills, Taylor, Chamberlain, Weir-Daley, Milnes. Subs: Kennedy, Donkin, Hoban, Gascoigne, Carvalho,
Goal: Weir-Daley (61 mins, 0-1).