Oakham United continued their move up the PDFL Premier Division with a 1-0 home win over bottom side Ramsey Town.
Oakham’s fifth win in their last six league games moves them up one place to 10th.
The small winning margin on Saturday does not accurately portray the balance of the game with United dominating possession and restricting the visitors from having a single shot on target.
Nathan Arkle got the vital strike for Oakham in the second half.
A strong wind frustrated United for much of the match, gusting to regularly interrupt the final killer ball, combined with the difficulty of breaking down a side who came to play negative football and prevent a rout. That in itself is a compliment to how United have progressed under manger Wayne Oldaker.
Oldaker said: “I think if we had scored early doors there would have been an avalanche of goals.
“By half-time we were keeping possession so well it was almost like a training game. It was great to watch.
“We kept the ball ever so well in the first half and at the break we told them we just need to adjust to the conditions.”
In the second half Lambie went close with a free kick in the 60th minute, bending it around the wall to make the Ramsey keeper save low.
Arkle then scored the home side’s goal on 67 minutes. A low driven cross from Nick Davy was parried by the Ramsey keeper and Arkle was first to react to finally give Oakham some reward for their dominance.
Shortly after Eddie McDonald had a goal harshly scrubbed off for offside. He timed his run perfectly to get on the end of a cross and bury his header in the top corner but the referee disallowed the goal for other Oakham players being offside.
Oldaker said: “I am happy with where we are but we can improve and we are looking up. If we can keep progressing we are looking at where we can finish.
“My initial brief when I came in was to stay away from relegation because that would have been a disaster. But now we have looked at the remaining games and we think we can stay where we are and maybe get up to eighth or ninth.”