DROITWICH Spa joint-boss Wayne Oliver was happy to see his side maintain their promotion hunt with a scrappy 3-1 victory over Smithswood Firs.
Goals from Nick Seabourne and Bradley Burgess fired the Midland League Division Two leaders into a 2-0 half-time lead.
However, Sam Hulme pulled one back for Firs after 67 minutes to set up a tense finish but substitute Macauley Finch ensured the Saltmen walked away with all three points with a fine finish.
But Oliver believed the cutting up of the pitch at the King George Playing Fields made life more difficult than the scoreline suggested.
“The pitch did not help at all as it prevented any good football from being played on it,” he said.
“Our performance was not as polished as the one at Coton Green but at the end of the day we got the same reward and walked away with all three points.
“We have to keep winning and that’s all we can do now at the business end of the season.”
With just seven games remaining for Spa, plenty of sides are playing catch up with Alvis Sporting Club, Fairfield Villa and Paget Rangers, all of whom are in with a shout of finishing in the top two, having six, three and seven games in hand respectively.
But Oliver believes having points on the board puts Spa in a good position.
“At this stage of the season I would rather have points on the board than games in midweek as you get some freak results, ” he said.
“You only have to look at last season where we was doing well and then all the midweek games caused us some problems at the back end of the campaign.
“We did not handle the situation well and could not get the right side out as it’s hard to get people to a football match when players are having to travel from work.”
Spa have a local derby on their hands on Saturday when they welcome Barnt Green Spartak to the King George Playing Fields in what would be the third meeting between the two sides this season.
The Saltmen ran out 2-0 winners at Spartak in the league last November before losing 4-2 on penalties in the Presidents Cup after a 3-3 draw after extra-time in January.
“It’s another one of those games that on paper you think you can get a result but it will be far from easy,” Oliver added.
“GJ [Singh] never has a bad side and always has a good bunch of players in and around him so it will be a tough game but we’re looking forward to it.”