LITTLETON go into a season-defining battle of the backmarkers buoyed by a third win in four matches.

The Ton Boys moved back out of the single Midland Football League Division One relegation place by winning 3-1 at Paget Rangers.

The Five Acres outfit had looked doomed to the drop at the start of the month just one win all season but triumphs over Brocton, Hinckley and now Paget mean they head into Saturday's home clash with new bottom club Nuneaton Griff (3pm) with a two-point lead over their adversaries.

At Paget, Cameron Walker opened the scoring for Littleton from a Jade Farron cross to settle the nerves following a bright start.

Fraiser Doyle's clever lob levelled matters 10 minutes after half-time and both teams went for the jugular, although it was the visitors that looked the likelier to move ahead by hitting the crossbar and having a couple of efforts cleared off the line.

Littleton substitute Jesson Dinanga then entered the action and immediately set up a goal, providing the pin-point cross that found Dan Holloway in the box to head his side in front.

And from the next attack the points were sealed with Dinanga and Holloway involved again, the latter converting a penalty after Dinanga was brought down.

With five matches to go, including Saturday's crunch showdown, Littleton now have third-bottom Heath Hayes in their sights. They trail by a point but Heath Hayes have a game in hand.