Cottesmore AFC defeat Ellistown in Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division
Cottesmore manager Rich Giblin believes there is plenty more to come from his side as they stretched their unbeaten run to six games on Saturday.
The Rutland side ran out 2-1 winners against Ellistown in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division clash at Westray Park.
Harry Stannard gave them the lead in the first period and, although Ellistown levelled after the break, a fine strike from Tom Caldicott secured the win despite a below-par performance.
Giblin said: "If we're winning but not playing well then that isn't a bad sign.
"We just huffed and puffed a bit but, when you look back at it, it is another three points.
"It just didn't feel as a fluent as normal and I don't know why that was because nobody had a particularly bad game.
"Ellistown were busy so credit to them but it took us a little while to settle and we had to grind it out and the one bit of quality from Tom got us the three points.
"We did play some good stuff at times and everyone has put a shift in to knuckle down and get the win but it was just one of those games where it wasn't as fluid as it could be."
Home goalkeeper Alex Brown had been into action in the early exchanges with a couple of tidy stops before Caldicott came close to converting a cross at full stretch.
The hosts then hit the front late in the first period as a high ball into box was dropped by the Ellistown goalkeeper for the ever-ready Stannard to react first and score from close range.
The lead though was short-lived as Cottesmore conceded a sloppy goal early in the second period to allow Ellistown to restore parity.
A defensive mix-up allowed a ball to run through to Owain Parker who finished past Brown despite the Cottesmore custodian getting a hand to the shot.
The leveller did spark Cottesmore into life and they forced a succession of corners with Danny Seals and Caldicott both going close.
They then grabbed the all-important second goal with 15 minutes remaining as Caldicott collected a clearance and arrowed in a shot into the top corner of the net.
Cottesmore could have increased their tally in the latter stages with Mark Tinsley and Baris Topaloglu sending efforts wide of the Ellistown goal.
The victory moved Cottesmore up into sixth spot, three points and one place behind Saturday's hosts Magna 73 in what is their last match before Christmas.
The Rutland side have already beaten their weekend opponents twice this season with home wins in the Premier Division and League Cup.
Giblin added: "It will be a difficult game but it will be nice to finish the year on a high.
"If you had offered me fifth or sixth place six weeks ago then I would have taken your hand off for it.
"We have kicked on though which I knew would happen but we now have to maintain it which is sometimes the difficult part.
"We have no reason to fear Magna and hopefully it should be a good game."
Cottesmore will be without Craig McJannet who faces between three to six weeks on the sidelines after breaking his wrist in Saturday's win.
Cottesmore: Brown, Wilke, Ridout, Cropper, Burley (Heppleston), Luke Smith, Seals (Roberts), McJannet (Fontoura), Caldicott, Stannard (Topaloglu), Tinsley.