CIRENCESTER TOWN 1 MANGOTSFIELD UNITED 0
ELLIS Dunton struck the only goal as Cirencester Town claimed a play-off bid boosting win over Mangotsfield United at a freezing cold Corinium Stadium.
Left-back Dunton turned James Mortimer-Jones' free-kick past former Centurions stopper Kevin Sawyer on 57 minutes to earn the hosts the points that move them to within two of the play-off positions.
However, in a season that has been almost wholly disrupted by wet and wintry weather Cirencester's hopes have been hit by the bizarre fact that they have played games.
In fact Brian Hughes' Centurions are now as many as nine games ahead of some of their play-off rivals, with each and every other contender having played fewer fixtures.
But, after sensing that a second season may end in disappointment after their pre-Christmas horror show against Bridgwater Town, the Centurions have showed clear signs of improvement.
Such was their apparent ease in seeing out the win after Dunton's goal that former Welsh international goalkeeper Glyn Garner was barely called into action.
Sawyer was the busier of the glovemen, and he was called into action before and after Dunton's winner to keep out efforts by Scott Griffin and Sam Collier.
Cirencester return to action on Saturday when the Boatmen of Sholing head to the Corinium Stadium (3pm).