AFC Telford United took a step towards promotion from the Blue Square Bet North as they beat Stalybridge 1-0 at the Bucks Head.
Striker Andy Brown grabbed the only goal of the game just before half time.
The hosts wasted several good chances in the second half and Alex Meechan hit the post in the closing minutes.
Title rivals Alfreton dropped two points at home to Hyde and are now three points behind the Bucks but with three games in hand.
Bucks manager Andy Sinton told BBC Radio Shropshire: "Second half I thought we were comfortable; first half I was as irate as I've been this season."