AFC Dunstable produced a gritty display to defeat local rivals Bedford Town 1-0 in the Southern League Division East on Tuesday night.
There was some doubt as to whether the game would take place, after the Eagles refused to take to the field against Fleet Town on Saturday.
However, the match did go ahead, with Bedford starting brighter, as keeper Jamie Head came to AFC’s rescue on two occasions.
After 20 minutes, the hosts had their first real chance when Jermaine Hall’s header was easy for Kyle Forster.
Two minutes later the deadlock was broken as Nathan Frater broke into the Bedford area and his shot somehow squirmed under Forster’s body.
With half time approaching, AFC nearly doubled their advantage, BJ Christie outpacing the Eagles defence only to fire narrowly wide.
In the second period, clear-cut chances on goal were few and far between.
As the game entered the final 10 minutes, both sets of players began committing niggly fouls, and AFC were down to 10 men when Brett Longden received his second yellow card.
The last real opportunity fell to Bedford in the dying seconds, as from a free kick, James Peters put his header over the bar.
The victory made it four league wins in a row for AFC as they now sit in third, level on points with both leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds, plus second placed Moneyfields United.
AFC host Arlesey Town this weekend.
AFC: Head, Longden, Carney, R Frater, Morgan, Griffiths, Bircham (Cashman 80), Olalye, Christie (Tavernier 92), Hall, N Frater.
Subs not used: Cox, Hankins, Blackman.