MALPAS moved up to third in Cheshire League Division Two on Saturday with a 1-0 win at fellow high flyers Rudheath Social.
Struggling with a knee injury, man-of-the-match Lee Parry played through the pain barrier to settle an hard-fought affair with a super solo effort 22 minutes from time.
Parry was taken off straight after scoring the winning goal and it was left up to returning goalkeeper Jordan Roberts to ensure the visitors held on for their second successive victory.
The match marked the return of Danny Lloyd to Malpas from playing in the Staffordshire County Senior League.
Tarporley Victoria were beaten 4-0 at home by Gamesley on the same afternoon.
Confident after they recorded their first win of the Division One season, Vics were brought back down to earth despite the best efforts of MoM Peter Aidley.
Under-strength Tarporley Victoria Reserves went down 3-2 at home to Barnton Wanderers in the Crewe & District League on Saturday.
Scott Armstrong (2) scored for the hosts, for whom Adam Williams and Rob Sinnott also impressed.
Vics had won 2-0 at Sandbach Town in midweek with goals from Armstrong and star man Sam Winter.