Rugby Town continued their fine form in Banbury to win at Easington Sports and take the league winning streak to 13.
Goals from David Kolodynski, Loyiso Recci and Edwin Ahenkorah meant that the all-time club record for consecutive league victories was matched in the process, as Valley's assault on the UCL Premier South title remained on track.
With Jordan Wilson's knee injury ruling him out of the game, there was a rare start up-front for player-coach Justin Marsden in the only change from the previous weekend's 6-2 demolition of Bugbrooke.
It was a less impactful start to a game than of late for Town in windy conditions at Addison Road, although they did manage to create a few half chances from the early exchanges.
Easington keeper Joe White just managed to nip in to prevent Caine Elliott taking advantage of a defensive back header from his counterpart Matt Hill's long kick upfield, whilst Marsden struck a free-kick into the wall and Kolodynski's whipped, curling delivery into the box deflected narrowly the wrong side of the post and away for a corner.
Liam Francis also headed over, although the hosts were posing a threat themselves too, with George Coombes putting one off-target and Elliot Barton matching this shortly after.
In particular, the lively Leam Howards was having some joy down the home side's left-hand side, and on one such occasion, he did well to see off Recci before also firing his effort high and wide of the goal.
Town had two credible-looking appeals for a penalty turned away by an increasingly unpredictable match referee, with Kolodynski and Marsden both failing to convince him they were victims of a push in the back.
Easington continued to worry the Rugby back-line though, with Hill saving a further effort from Howards with his legs and then Kyle Wynne seeing his cross cut-out by Liam Francis after Recci had uncharacteristically lost out once more in a physical challenge.
The visitors then proceeded to put in their best spell of what had been a generally flat performance from them prior to this.
Kolodynski tested White with a rising effort, and then Recci looped the ball over the bar from the resulting corner delivered by Elliott.
The deadlock was broken on 32 minutes when Elliott found Kolodynski in the box after Alex Lock had won possession, and the striker coolly took his time before squeezing the ball past White at the near post.
Hill was using his legs to good effect again shortly after when blocking away Joe Eyre's effort, and Keenah Rosser was also in alert mode when clearing away a dangerous cross from the hosts.
Meanwhile, the closest Town came to doubling their lead before the interval came when Francis's header almost squirmed under White, with White also denying Marsden after he had been released by Elliott's quick free-kick.
Valley looked a lot more assured after the restart, with Koldynski soon taking advantage of defensive hesitancy to play in Elliott, but the midfielder was ultimately dispossessed himself too.
Jake Humphreys and Luke Swann both missed the target with their efforts for Sports, but Rugby then got their second of the afternoon from the penalty spot when Recci converted into the corner after White had been adjudged to have taken down Elliott on the byline following Luke English's incisive pass to him.
Town were then awarded another penalty when Marsden had his shirt tugged in the box, but this time Recci's effort to White's left-hand side was saved by the keeper.
English blasted one into the wrong side of the goal frame from an angled position and Ahenkorah's cross from the left failed to find a Rugby head, although the wing-back did then pick out Marsden with a better subsequent delivery, but the unmarked striker could only head the ball wide.
The markedly more dominant visitors continued to probe for a nerve-settling third, and Josh Thomas had a goalbound header to an English long throw cleared off the line for a corner.
The game was properly sealed on 82 minutes, after Ahenkorah spun on the ball from around ten yards out from substitute Drew Kear's header on before dispatching it past White into the bottom corner.
Both sides finished the encounter with ten men apiece, after Kolodynski and Easington defender Josh Rose were sin-binned in the closing stages for dissent offences.