A MAGNIFICENT fightback from 2-0 down in the opening 10 minutes against Egham Town has taken North Greenford back to within just two points of the Combined Counties League summit.
Tuesday night's thrilling 3-2 win at Berkeley Fields was further rewarded with the news that leaders Camberley Town had lost 2-0 at Badshot Lea, and the mood in camp will be high ahead of this weekend's trip to fifth-placed Sandhurst Town.
It looked bleak early on against Egham, when Matt Graves first converted a Jake Rowley cross from the right, then smashed in another ball flighted across the six-yard line.
But within five minutes, United had pulled a goal back. An inswinging Michael Murray corner was flicked on by centre half Chris Meddes for Ricky Pither to finish with a deft touch.
Greenford's second came from another set play on 80 minutes.
Sub Nick Salapatas produced a fine delivery into the crowded Egham area from a free-kick near the touchline and Meddes was again first to the ball to direct a header past keeper Lee Pearce.
With a minute remaining, a well-worked move on the right ended with full back Sean Hillier delivering another telling pass into the Egham box, where midfielder Luc Kenny was brought down by Rowley.
United's top scorer Dave Lawrence made no mistake.
The goal capped a incredible turnaround in fortunes over 90 minutes and during the past seven days, which began with a humbling 5-0 defeat to Guildford City in the EL Records Premier Challenge Cup.
The rehabilitation began on Saturday with a fighting 2-2 draw at Ash United, a team undefeated in seven league games.
Lawrence's quickly taken free-kick caught Ash's keeper unawares for the opener after 20 minutes. And after the break, the striker's drive was deflected into his own net by Ash's Ross Millard.
But the home side hit back for a deserved point with a James Blason penalty and a goal from Millard, who atoned for his mishap five minutes from time.