Carcroft Village hoisted themselves off the foot of the Division Two table for the first time this season after a hard fought win over Bawtry.a
Village’s only previous point this season came from a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture.
But they have now leapfrogged Bawtry with their first win over the campaign.
The hunt for the maiden victory looked set to be a fruitless one when Bawtry opened the scoring after four minutes after Kelvin Playfair took advantage of slack defending to lash home from 12 yards.
But the lead would last just six minutes as Raoul Milner hammered home a right wing cross to level matters up.
Bawtry almost re-established the lad with an audacious attempt from 50 yards.
But it was Carcroft who struck next with Brad Clarkson running through and slotting past the advancing keeper.
Both sides had strong penalty appeals turned down before Bawtry drew level from the spot on 31 minutes.
Max Woods chased onto a through ball and was brought down before dusting himself off to convert the penalty.
Carcroft produced an immediate response when Clarkson headed home a Frankie Evans free kick from close range.
Both sides missed good opportunities before the break but Carcroft held onto their lead.
There were few chances in the second half with the best falling to hat trick chasing Clarkson who was denied with a wonderful save from Jordan Saunders in the Bawtry goal.
Carcroft began to enjoy the better of the chances and Charlie Shiel was unlucky to head just wide.
But both they and Clarkson found joy when he smashed home a half volley from a tight angle to complete his trifecta and all-but cement the win for his side.
Daniel Heath-Holmes produced a fine double save on the line to prevent Bawtry from narrowing the gap.
Carcroft will now have Mexborough Rangers in their sights as they look to continue their late season climb up the table.