STRATFORD Town secured a third straight win in the league with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against 10-man Royston Town.
Goals either side of half time from Callum Ebanks and Charlie Williams sealed the points for the Bards while Royston’s Charlie Johnson saw red at the Arden Garages Stadium.
And the result means Stratford sit ninth in the Southern League Premier Central table, three points outside of the play-off places.
In a first half of few chances, the Bards took the lead on 43 minutes when Ebanks headed in his eighth goal of the season from Charlie Williams’ cross from the left.
The visitors then had Johnson sent off on 52 minutes for a poor challenge on Alex Worley as Stratford looked to make the extra man count.
And the home side doubled their lead on 70 minutes as Williams produced a superb volley from the edge of the penalty area to all but secure the points.
However, Royston reduced the deficit just two minutes later when Joshua Coldicott-Stevens found the top corner with a free-kick from 20-yards out.
The Bards saw out six minutes of injury time to claim a third straight victory in the league for the first time in more than three years.
Stratford travel to Bedworth United on Tuesday, November 21 with kick-off at 7.45pm at Coventry Road.