Brackley Town fell to back-to-back defeats for only the second time this season after they were beaten 2-0 by Boston United.
It was the second win in a week for new Boston manager Dennis Greene and it was reward for an impressive performance at St James’ Park.
Fortunate to be level at the break, goals at the start and end of the second half secured the points as Saints laboured to find top gear against a hard-working United wide that moved the ball quickly and posed its own threat.
Brackley twice saw goals ruled out for offside in a first half they dominated but failed to capitalise on plentiful opportunities.
Brett Solkhon’s fine header from Eliott Sandy’s cross on 24 minutes brought a flying save from Pulgrims’ goalkeeper Danny Haystead and the home side finished the half strongly with winger Tom Winters – on his his 300th club appearance – Winters cutting in from the right to hit a fierce, dipping effort that Haystead did well to claw away.
From the resulting corner, Izak Reid’s close-range shot was blocked before Saints again went close as Reid’s mazy run ended with a shot that fizzed just wide.
The warning sides had been there for Brackley as Boston broke quickly and threatened several times in the first period before breaking the deadlock on 47 minutes.
With three attackers confronting two defenders, the ball was fed to Ben Fairclough on the right and he finished well.
Brackley’s response to falling behind lacked a cutting edge despite plenty of endeavour and Boston made sure of the points six minutes from time when Spencer Weir-Daley grabbed a second in a crowded penalty area.
Brackley: Turley, Clifton, McDonald, Odhiambo, Sharpe, Austin, Reid (Story 79), Solkhon, Louis (Robinson 60), Sandy (Diggin 60), Winters.
Subs not used: Nisevic, L Walker
Referee: Colin Lymer