Playing their first game for three weeks after the icy spell, Hanwell Town recorded an excellent 2-1 win at St Margaretsbury on Saturday to move up to fifth place in the league table - albeit still 14 points behind League leaders Harefield United, writes Bob Fisher.
Town began the game in fine style and completely dominated the opening 30 minutes, during which they might well have built up a commanding lead.
Liam Hind headed just wide from a cross by Chris Mills and then Luke Kenny shot straight at the St Margaretsbury keeper James Sturgeon when well placed.
Further efforts from Mills and new signing David Diedhiou went just wide before Sturgeon made a fine save to turn Hind's shot around the post.
In the opening minute of the second half, St Margaretsbury's Kevin Ashwood cut in from the left before firing just wide of Town's far post. But almost immediately, Town took the lead when, from Kenny's cross after a short corner routine with Mills, Diedhiou marked his debut by heading firmly home at the far post.
Just after the hour mark, Town went further ahead when Sturgeon was beaten by Mills' long cross shot from wide out on the left which completely deceived the keeper before the ball nestled in the net behind him.
Shortly afterwards, Kenny limped off with a leg injury and Town made two further substitutions in a short space of time which seemed to have an adverse effect.
For the first time in the game, St Margaretsbury began to gain the upper hand and six minutes from time, a fierce drive from Ashwood beat Nej Hussein, another Town debutant, leaving Town to survive a nervous final few minutes.
Right on the stroke of full time, St Margaretsbury's skipper John Barker headed a long free kick just wide and Town were relieved when the final whistle came to ensure that they travelled home with the three points that they justly deserved.
This Saturday (3pm), Town meet Biggleswade Town at home.
Biggleswade are one of two Spartan South Midlands League teams to have reached the last 16 of the FA Vase - Chalfont St Peter being the other.