Leek Town are just three points within Northern Premier League West Division leaders Warrington Rylands after recording their fourth straight victory.
The hosts defeated Ramsbottom United 2-1 to make it 12 games unbeaten.
Tim Grice netted his 14th goal of the season after 12 minutes before Lewis Short’s 77th-minute winning strike.
Leek have played a game fewer than Warrington but two more than second-place Workington who currently only sit above Leek on goal difference.
Elsewhere, goals from Kinsgley Adu-Gyamfi and Mac McCarthy saw Kidsgrove Athletic to a 2-0 win over Clitheroe.
Chasetown missed the chance to go level on points with Midlands Division leaders Ilkeston Town on Saturday.
They slumped to a 4-0 home loss to play-off hopefuls Stamford. A win would have seen them second with Ilkeston’s goal difference much superior, but for now, they stay third.
In the Premier Division, Joe Cuff’s strike saw Stafford Rangers draw 1-1 with leaders South Shields to sit eighth.
In the Southern League Central Premier Division, Tamworth move further away from the relegation zone thanks to a 1-0 win over Bromsgrove Sporting courtesy of a Dan Creaney goal.
New boss Andy Peaks has won both of his first two games, with the Lambs now eight points from the bottom three.
Elsewhere, Hednesford Town‘s play-off hopes are over after slipping to 13th following a 2-1 defeat to Stratford Town.
Abbey Hulton win enthralling six-goal Staffordshire derby
Abbey Hulton United came out the victors of a 4-2 thriller against Rocester in the North West Counties Football League First Division South.
After Kevyn Davies replied less than 60 seconds after Tyler Barnes’ two-minute opener for Rocester, Daniel Cope bagged two in six minutes to put the visitors ahead.
His 19th-minute strike and 25th-minute penalty preceded Lee Cropper’s hour-mark goal for Hulton’s fourth.
Jayden Hunter grabbed a consolation for Rocester in the dying embers but his side are now nine points from safety.
Eccleshall are seven points above the drop zone following a 0-0 draw with Stockport County.
Brocton were also held to a goalless draw by Cammell Laird while Stafford Town lost 3-1 to New Mills.
In the Midland Football League Premier Division, Stone Old Alleynians built on their midweek cup upset with a goalless draw with second place Boldmere St Michaels.
The result means Lichfield City have slipped to third.
In Division 1, Stapenhill drew 2-2 with OJM Black Country as Heath Hayes beat Dudley Town 3-0.
Coton Green stay second in Division 2 despite falling to an unusually heavy 5-1 defeat to leaders Cadbury Athletic.
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