Denaby Main celebrated their first league match since December 6 with a 1-0 away win over Sheffield Lane Top.
They are now second in Division Two, nine points off the lead but with five games in hand.
Main, the League Cup semi-finalists, were missing three key players but are able to call on a big squad as fixtures will be coming thick and fast soon and all players will get the chance to play thir part.
On a heavy pitch Lane Top were trying long balls over the top but Main dealt with it well.
A string of misplaced passes meant neither keepers had much to do but the hosts did have strong claims for a penalty shout turned down when the striker stayed on his feet despite a bad tackle.
But five minutes later Main took the lead with a penalty of their own. Following a long kick fromPears Oakley danced his way into the box and was brought down. Liam Winfield sent the keeper the wrong way with the spot-kick.
It was a lack-lustre display by Main in the second half but they managed to restrict Lane Top to long shots and keeper Pears didn’t have a save to make.
The home keeper had to save from Josh Armstrong and there were wayward efforts from Ford, Oakley and O’Neill .
Denaby United followed up the previous week’s win over Bawtry Town, with a 3-2 away win over KIveton Park. It is the first time United have racked up back-to-back league wins since August.
Premier Division leaders Swinton Athletic registered their second 3-2 home win in a week, in a hard-fought game with Millmoor Juniors.