Clipstone manager Dave Hoole said his side are “growing in age and becoming more solid” after a 2-0 victory over Kimberley Miners Welfare.
Goals from Josh Pickering and Jason Foster earned the Cobras their second league win of the season and move above their opposition up to 16th place.
Hoole said: “I think we are becoming more solid. I was delighted to see the boys keep a clean sheet.
“It was a good win, especially against a Kimberley side who beat us in the FA Vase earlier in the season.
“We started both halves on the front foot and were very aggressive against a team who, at their best, are very good at passing and playing.”
The breakthrough goal came in the 52nd minute when Pickering had the easiest of chances to slot home his second strike of the campaign after Foster’s cross had been headed against the bar by Ethan Blackbourn.
Hoole added: “We didn’t allow Kimberley to create chances, and Josh’s goal was the key factor to the game.
“Fozzy, as always, delivered the ball right on the money and after Ethan’s header had unluckily come off the woodwork, Picko was perfectly placed to get the rebound.
Jason Foster sealed all three points for the hosts late on with a superb free-kick into the top right-hand corner.
“We played really well, created numerous opportunities, and you’re always a little bit wary when your only one-nil up. But we managed to grab our second late on which deflated the opposition”.
The Cobras now have six points from their eight games so far this season, and we are only more win away from a spot in mid-table. Congratulations to Jack Gibb who came away with the Man of the Match award.
The Cobras are next in action against Gedling Miners Welfare on the 4th October with no game next week.