David McNabb picked up his first win as manager as Bootle beat Trafford thanks to a double from Tom Peterson.
The Bucks talisman grabbed a goal in each half to fire them three points clear of the bottom four going into the final three games of the season.
He opened the scoring inside 20 minutes when he volleyed home from Arthur Lomax-Jones first-time cross.
It’s been a difficult start to McNabb’s tenure at the Berry Street Garage after suffering back-to-back defeats against Colne and Mossley.
Despite the disappointment, there was positives from both games – coming away from Seel Park last time out unfortunate not to have taken something after hitting the post with a moment of brilliance securing the points for David Fish’s side.
Danny Caldecott’s side almost restored parity before the break only to see Jack Dorney’s header cleared off the line.
Peterson almost doubled his tally for the afternoon, in the second-half, after peeling to the backpost from an in-swinging corner but a combination of a Trafford defender and Matt Cooper kept the deficit down to one.
But they soon had a two-goal advantage as the forward lost his marker to power home low on the half volley from a set-piece.
Bootle remained professional to see out the game and move three points clear of the bottom four after picking up their first home league win since Boxing Day.
Bootle 2-0 Trafford FC
Goals: 17′, 70′ Tom Peterson.