Crewe Alex secured back-to-back wins over the festive period with a 1-0 victory over Stevenage.
The Alex followed up their win over leaders Lincoln on Boxing Day with this narrow victory thanks to Chris Porter's first half penalty.
It was awarded after Perry Ng had been upended in the area.
Stevenage were reduced to ten men late on when Alex Reid was sent off for a foul on Ng.
Speaking to the club's official website after the game, manager Dave Artell said: “Even on the first half performance alone it was a deserved three points. I don’t think anyone would have complained if it had been 3-0 or 4-0 at the break.
“We had the chances. Chris had a good chance and I wouldn’t criticise anyone for shooting when they are in the centre of the goal. Jordan had a couple of chances and had one for a tap in.
“1-0 made it a bit nervy when it shouldn’t have been, but we saw the game out really well. They would have had a ticking off at half time and they had a bit of go but I cannot remember them getting in behind us. Ben didn’t have too many saves to make and we defended well.
“They were relying on something dropping to them in the box more than anything. They moved Kennedy onto Wintle to stop him playing and that was okay with us because he is their most influential player. Ryan’s contribution to the win cannot be underestimated.
“It was another good three points at home and our home form has been good. We have to replicate that away from home.
He added: “Physically we were good and we have to go again. We have to start picking up points away from home and that is what we will try to do at Bury on New Years’ Day.“
The Railwaymen are now 15th in the table, nine points off the play-off places.