Ten-man FC United shrugged off the 55th minute dismissal of Jimmy Holden to step up their Evo-Stik Premier promotion challenge with a hard-fought 1-0 win over visiting Kendal.
Mike Norton headed in what proved to be the only goal after just six minutes.
But Astley Mulholland's failure to convert a similar chance early in the second-half threatened to be costly when Holden saw red soon after for serious foul play.
Nevetheless, the Rebels held on comfortably for a win which takes them back up to sixth.
Meanwhile, Ashton United fell to a 38th minute goal scored by former Droylsden full-back Liam Brownhill in losing 1-0 at Chester.