Ebbsfleet United moved twelve points clear at the top of the Vanarama National League South table after a 1-0 win against second-bottom St Albans City on Tuesday night.
A crowd of 1,039 at Stonebridge Road saw loanee Aaron McLean maintain his good scoring form with the only goal of the game against battling Saints a minute before the break.
Indeed, it was a big night for teams at the bottom end of the table.
Bottom-markers Basingstoke Town went down to a 2-1 Camrose defeat to Sutton United, who moved up to second spot after goals from Ross Stearn on 22 minutes and Dan Fitchett`s 50th minute penalty proved enough for the U`s, with Lloyd Macklin replying in stoppage time.
Third-bottom Havant & Waterlooville earned a crucial 2-1 win against tenth-placed Bishop`s Stortford, courtesy of a brace from Scott Donnelly after 28 and 69 minutes, with Morgan Ferrier responding 9 minutes from time.
The bad news for the Hawks was that fourth-bottom Hayes & Yeading United also won, beating and moving level on points with fellow strugglers Weston-super-Mare at Woodspring Park.
Max Worsfold scored both for the visitors in the 28th and 54th minutes.
Elsewhere, inconsistent Eastbourne Borough won 2-1 at the Enclosed Ground against Whitehawk with goals from Elliott Romain after just 2 minutes and Nathaniel Pinney after 16 minutes with Scott Neilson`s reply not coming into injury-time at the end of the game.
Truro City ensured Hemel Hempstead Towwn endured a miserable long trek home after a 4-2 win at Treyew Road.
Isaac Vassell put the hosts in front after 16 minutes, only for Jamie Slabber Sean Shields to level after 23 minutes.
Five minutes later Ryan Brett restored the White Tigers` lead and then Dan Green on 39 minutes and Cody Cooke on 74 minutes extended it before James Potton replied 5 minutes from time.