Playing only their second game in five weeks because of the weather, Hanwell Town recorded an excellent 2-1 win away at Aylebury Vale to keep alive their outside chance of league honours, writes Bob Fisher.
With League leaders Harefield United suffering a dip in form, Town are now 12 points behind them but with three games in hand.
At Aylesbury, on rather an unpredictable surface, Town began the game well and took
the lead in the 11th minute with a fine goal. Antony Rowlands played a long ball forward to Luke Kenny, who had made a great run into the Aylesbury penalty area.
Kenny chested the ball down and then rolled it into the path of Town's leading scorer, Blaise O'Brien, who swept the ball across the home keeper Eddie Farmer into the far corner of the net.
Somewhat against the run of play at that stage, Aylesbury equalised in the 20th minute when a speculative long range effort by full back James Baxter flew into the top corner of Town's net, giving keeper Nej Hussein no chance.
The goal proved to be the spur Aylesbury needed and play was very even up to the interval.
Town almost regained the lead when Brendan Gallen headed narrowly over the Aylesbury bar, but at the other end, Hussein had to be alert to block Aaron Usmani's close-range effort after the striker had got clear following a defensive mix up between Gallen and Jason Tucker.
Town scored what proved to be the decisive goal four minutes into the second half when a clearance by Rowlands found O'Brien in space and clear of the Aylesbury back line and he made no mistake driving the ball firmly past the advancing Farmer.
Ten minutes later, Warren Williams had a good chance to put Town further ahead when he burst through the middle with only Farmer to beat, but after rounding the keeper, his shot from rather an acute angle hit the post before the ball was scrambled to safety.
In the final minutes, Aylesbury should have equalised when the influential Stuart Corbould set up Baxter with only Hussein to beat, but the full-back screwed his shot wide of Town's far post.
This Saturday (3pm), Town face another difficult game when they meet second in the table Broxbourne Borough at Reynolds Field.