COLTS scored twice in two second half minutes to claim victory against bottom side Whitehill Welfare and move up to third in the Lowland League table.
Goals from Greg Pascazio and Sean Brown did the damage for the Cumbernauld men at Broadwood on Saturday, who now sit only three points adrift of league leaders Spartans with a game in hand.
Colts started well and forced their first opening in 2 minutes when Livingston loanee Craig Henderson headed narrowly over the bar from Fraser Team's cross.
The visitors seemed content to sit deep and threaten on the odd counter attack meanwhile Colts struggled to find their usual tempo in the early exchanges.
Colts did create another good opening in 23 minutes when Brown and Team linked up superbly inside the box, but Team's low shot was pushed around the post by visiting keeper Ross Jardine.
And then in 25 minutes Colts went closest to opening the scoring in the first half when they hit the woodwork.
Team & O'Neil combined well this time before O'Neil whipped a dangerous cross into the back post for Brown but Whitehill defender Sean Lally intercepted the cross and sent his clearance crashing against the bar Jardine stranded.
Management duo James Orr and Craig McKinlay would have been telling their men to increase the pace of the game at the half time interval.
And that’s exactly what the Cumbernauld men did as they started the second period promisingly and created a few openings but final ball was letting them down from time to time.
However, Colts made the breakthrough in 56 minutes when a sweeping move forced a corner and from O'Neil's in swinger skipper Pascazio sent a downward header flying past Jardine from close range.
And then in 58 minutes the hosts took command of the game when Pedram Ardalani threaded a clever ball through to Brown and the big striker showed great composure to slide the ball past Jardine from 12 yards.
Colts continued to push forward in search of a third goal to put the result beyond doubt with Team, Brown and Pascazio all going close in the final quarter of the game.
And the hosts did have the ball in the net again in 85 minutes when Team finished off a lovely Colts move, but the far side linesman flagged for offside against O'Neil in the build-up much to the disgust of the home fans.
James Orr & Craig McKinlay’s men had to settle for victory by just the two goal margin, but they now look forward to meeting University of Stirling on Wednesday evening at Broadwood knowing three points will take them joint top of the table.
Whitehall Welfare; Jardine, Smith, Keane, Lally, Reid, R Dowie, Lucas, Somerville, Meikle, Guy, Fleming. Subs; S Dowie, Faulds, McIntosh, Taylor, Mitchell, Neto.