Oakham United joint manager Pat Johnson has targeted three wins from his side’s final four games after a good victory at home on Saturday.
United beat Crowland 4-2 to move above the fourth-placed team and Johnson hopes that result will be a springboard for a strong run-in at the end of the season.
Oakham were three up at half-time thanks to Alex Brockbank, Jamie Forbes and Nathan Arkle, and Forbes scored his second, after a second-half wobble, to secure all three points with ten minutes to go.
“It was a very good first half,” said Johnson. “Probably one of the best halves of the year.
“I think Crowland had just one shot in the first half and could not see them coming back but it became 3-1 and 3-2 and that seemed to wake us up.
“They had been doing well since Christmas and I expected a hard game, especially as we had not played for a few weeks.”
Brockank put United ahead midway through the first half, turning in Craig Welbourn’s cross. Forbes doubled the Rutland side’s lead, heading home at a corner, and Arkle made it three before the break, rounding off a quick break that involved Brockbank and Robbie Dance.
After allowing the visitors to reduce the deficit, United sealed the points when Forbes headed in his second of the day, converting Arkle’s deep cross at the far post.
Oakham, who take on Uppingham at Tods Piece on Wednesday evening next week, face bottom side King’s Cliffe on Saturday and Johnson wants maximum points ahead of a tricky tie against Peterborough ICA.
Sixth-placed ICA have several games in hand and the Oakham manager added: “If we end up in the top six I will be more than happy.
“If we can take nine points form the 12 still available we should do it. If we play like we did in the first half on Saturday then we are a handful for anybody.
“We beat Uppingham 1-0 at the start of the year but I think next week’s game will be very tight.”
Oakham’s game at home to King’s Cliffe kick soff at 2pm. The Rutland derby on April 17 kicks off at 6.30pm.
Oakham: Andy Collin, Craig Welbourn, Ben Cox, Tom Bain, James Dalby, Robbie Dance, Jamie Forbes, Ben Dickenson, Will Lee, Alex Brockbank (George Maxwell), Nathan Arkle.