FC Halifax Town chief Neil Aspin said it was vital his side kicked off their festive schedule with a win after the 2-0 victory over strugglers Nuneaton at the Shay.
Second-half goals from James Bolton and Lois Maynard sealed victory and Aspin said: “It was vital we won. Points on the board are what’s important and it’s another milestone reached getting over the 40-points mark.
“I thought Nuneaton started better but after that we got into the game and grew confidence, started passing the ball better.
“The only unfortunate thing was we couldn’t get a finish but I said to the players at half-time with the record we’ve got at home, if they could keep a clean sheet I fancied our chances.”
Richard Peniket’s header was brilliantly saved by Christian Dibble before Scott Boden and Will Hatfield both had shots cleared off the line close to the break.
A flowing move almost ended with Kevin Roberts’s first goal just after the interval and Scott Boden’s flick header then required a fingertip save by Dibble before Nuneaton’s James Armson was sent-off for what looked like an elbow on Scott McManus just after the hour mark.
Halifax took advantage as Bolton nodded in Jamie Jackson’s dinked cross before Dibble failed to keep out Maynard’s header.
FC Halifax Town: Glennon, K Roberts, M Roberts, Bolton, McManus, Smith (Pearson 83), Maynard, Hatfield, Peniket (Jackson 61), Schofield (Dyer 69), Boden. Unused substitutes: Senior, Williams.
Nuneaton: Dibble, Starosta (Smith 84), Walker, Cowan, Franklin, Armson, Dawson, Sodje (Barrington 71), Streete, Gash (Stankevicius 75), Brown. Unused substitutes: Quinn, Richards.
Referee: I Hussin (Merseyside).
Man of the match: Adam Smith.