RETFORD United are still four points clear at the top of the UniBond Premier table, after a 4-2 win in Manchester.
Peter Duffield's Badgers beat FC United of Manchester, in front of 1,920 spectators at Gigg Lane, Bury.
Darryl Thomas netted on three minutes, before Colin Marrison doubled the lead on 18.
Six minutes later Thomas got his second to put Retford firmly in control.
Carlos Rocca pulled one back for the hosts before half-time, but Marrison was on target on 58 minutes to make it 4-1.
Simon Carden made it 4-2 three minutes later but Retford held on to their lead to take three points.