Harrogate Town 1 Maidenhead United 0: Match-winner Connor Hall talks up title hopes
It was far from pretty, but Harrogate Town's fourth consecutive victory lifted them up to third place in the National League standings.
Connor Hall's 60th-minute goal proved sufficient to earn his side all three points against visiting Maidenhead United on a freezing cold, blustery afternoon at the CNG Stadium.
And the 26-year-old centre-half believes that Saturday's success only serves to underline the fact that Town are very much in contention as far as the title race is concerned.
They now find themselves behind second-placed Yeovil on goal-difference alone and are just three points shy of leaders Barrow after a run of five wins in their last six league outings.
"We knew if we could go on a run then we'd climb the table," said Hall, who forced home Alex Bradley's right-wing corner to decide what was Harrogate's fifth fixture in the space of only 15 days.
"We've been there or thereabouts recently and if we can keep winning games then there's no reason why we can't be pushing for that top spot.
"We knew we could do it anyway, from the start of the season. From when I came into the building the aim has been to get promotion, to win the league, and I've felt that was realistic ever since I've been here.
"Now we're in a really good position, I don't see why we can't go on and get it [first place]."
Although they blitzed Hartlepool United on Boxing Day, Town haven't quite been at their free-flowing best during the three matches that followed, but they've still managed to grind out three precious victories without conceding a single goal.
"The last few games haven't been pretty," Hall added.
"The weather and the wind hasn't really helped us but we've dug in and managed to come away with four wins in a row, which just shows how good this team is and how hard we're working for each other.
"You've got to win games and you can't always do it by playing well. It shows the strength of the team if you're winning when not playing well and that's exactly what we're doing at the moment.
"There's a really good feeling around the club right now. It couldn't really be going any better, to be honest."