SLAITHWAITE Saracens were forced to dig deep to beat Brighouse and move a step closer the Division IV title.
In the end, they were able to celebrate a hard-fought 17-7 victory to keep them three points ahead of second-placed Whitehall Warriors.
But they were made to battle all the way against a Brighouse side who were able to field four of their National Conference League players.
To make matters worse, Lee Mason was sent off for retaliation midway through the opening half.
That came with the home side holding a slender 2-1 advantage thanks to a Richard Flooks (left) penalty, and it looked as if the Saracens might be really up against it.
Fortunately, Slaithwaite held their nerve and were still in the hunt at half-time as Flooks added two more goals to make it 7-6.
The second half proved just as bruising and just as tense, with Lee Hurd easing the pressure with a try after 55 minutes to give the Saracens a lead they were never to lose.
On the hour, the Brighouse scrum half was sin-binned for continual interference at the play-the-ball and 10 minutes later their openside prop was sent off for punching.
In the final 10 minutes, Chris Lodge dropped a goal and then Hurd charged over for his second, converted by Flooks, to seal another crucial triumph in which Nick Batty, Darren Hawkyard and Aaron Crabtree all caught the eye.