Chasetown 1 Stourbridge 0
Football chatter is nothing unusual in the workplace but Lee Bullimore and Morgan Brookes will be trading the odd word or three to describe their shared sporting weekend.
For 90 minutes on Saturday, the Dudley council workmates went toe-to-toe in gladiatorial striker-against-defender combat in their sides' fourth versus second showdown.
But after the final-whistle handshakes and post-match beer it was Chasetown match-winner Bullimore who had the biggest smile. And he will still be grinning when he reports for work today.
The front-runner, a former Stourbridge player to boot, notched the only goal of a knife-edge contest to shatter Stourbridge's 14-match unbeaten run and complete a season's treble over Brookes' Glassboys.
The relevance in the Midland Alliance title race will only become clear come April 29. After fellow contenders Malvern Town and Romulus settled for a stalemate in the day's other top of the table, Chasetown now hold their fate in their own hands, with the games in hand to overhaul leaders Malvern, but Stourbridge, on paper, have the easiest of the quartet's run-ins.
But Bullimore was happy to enjoy the present, rather than ponder too much on the future.
"Morgan is my gaffer at work so it will be nice to take the papers with me on Monday to remind him of the result!" he said. "I can go into work with my head held high.
"It was an important win, especially with both teams going for the title.
"Fair play to Stourbridge, they are a good side, strong and experienced. They had us on the back foot in the first half but I thought we were brilliant in the second half.
Everybody played their part in a great team effort."
It was a veritable game of two halves. Stourbridge, playing with invention and confidence, were the far more enterprising in the first period and top scorer Mark Bellingham headed over and then had another effort cleared off the line by Steve Ulfig while Rob Taylor lashed a 25-yard just over.
But a far more purposeful Chasetown, given a half-time rollicking by manager Charlie Blakemore, seized the initiative after the interval. Glassboys keeper Lewis Solly had to scramble away a Duncan Horler half volley, and smother a Danny Smith close-range strike before Dave Egan's effort was ruled out for off-side.
It was not to be Bellingham's day, either. The Golden Boot favourite, with 33 league goals to his name, sent one swivelling effort just wide on the hour mark but his hopes of extending a scoring run to 13 successive games were ended when he was substituted seven minutes from time.
Within a minute, however, the breakthrough goal arrived at the other end. Though the Glassboys defence cleared Neil Aulton's right-wing corner, the wing-back fired in another perfect cross and Bullimore ghosted in unmarked to glance a back header into the net.
Chasetown have already enjoyed their Cup highs, reaching the FA Cup first round and the semi-finals in the Polymac Services League Cup and Staffordshire Senior Cup. But there are more "cup finals" ahead, warned Bullimore.
"We have got 12 league games left now and they are all cup finals," he said. "We are capable of winning the league but we need to show we are champions."