CORSHAM Town continued their excellent run of form in Toolstation League Division One by grinding out a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Welton Rovers on Saturday, writes JONATHAN LEIGHFIELD.

The win was Town’s fourth in their last five games, while it also consolidated their position in third in the table after Ashton & Blackwell United dropped points.

Justin Flowers’ team have become much more difficult to beat since the turn of the year, having only lost one of their previous 11 league matches, and are now eyeing up a top-three finish.

Flowers paid tribute to his team’s battling qualities of late, and said the tight successes show how far his team have come since the start of the season.

He said: “That was our third game in seven days, so to get nine points from nine was brilliant.

“The game on Saturday was really tough, to be fair. Welton were a solid team – the game was neck-and-neck in the second half, and we managed to get the goal.

“The last two results have been a bit like that. Two battling performances and that’s really good to see that we can do that.

“I don’t think, at the start of the season, we would have managed to get the points in those games, so it’s very satisfying to be able to grind wins out sometimes.”

With only the top two being promoted – should they meet the necessary regulations – Corsham’s current position would not be enough to see them return to the Premier Division.

Flowers would not turn down the chance to go up this season, if it became possible, but would rather take his side into a higher division ‘the right way’, as one of the two best teams.

He said: “Ideally, we’d want to do it in the right way, rather than as a consolation prize, because I believe last time we went up to the Premier, we finished fifth and it happened in a similar way.

“While that is the main aim, to get promoted, I think we’d like to do it in the right way.

“Obviously, we’d consider it if it did occur, but I think Keynsham and Cheddar would go up as they look like they’re capable of moving up to a higher level.

“We’re just happy to be third at the moment and hopefully get into the top two next season, if that’s what it takes.”

Elsewhere, there were wins for nearly every other Wiltshire team.

Warminster Town ran riot against Bristol Telephones in a 4-0 win while Devizes Town also scored four – Darran Walters’ team beat Longwell Green Sports 4-2.

Chippenham Park picked up a rare 1-0 win, while Calne Town were the only local team to taste defeat, going down 3-1 at Chard Town.