Brackley Town manager Jon Brady says his side need to go on another winning run to avoid being sucked back into a relegation battle.
A four-match unbeaten run, including three wins, saw Saints climb away from relegation danger and move up to 13th in the Conference North, but following their 1-0 defeat away at Solihull Moors at the weekend, Brady is still wary of being pulled back into trouble.
He said: “We played some good football in the first half but did not build on this after the break.
“I do not criticise my players but this afternoon some players did not have the edge that we needed. We have done well to climb the table with recent results but we can be hauled back again just as easily.
“I am confident that this squad of young players can do it. We have had a good run and now need to go on another run.”
Saints’ unbeaten start to 2015 was ended as Solihull edged a tight game of few chances that hinged on two key moments.
On 50 seconds, David Moyo ran clear of the last defender only to see Tony Breeden block his shot and after a goalless first hour, Moors’ Omar Bogle struck his free-kick sweetly to give Billy Turley no chance as the home side took the narrowest of leads that they held onto until full-time.
Few games can have created such an absorbing contest and yet one of so few memorable moments as these two evenly-matched sides fought toe-to-toe on an afternoon when both goalkeepers were rarely tested.
Breeden’s fingers were stung by Eddie Odhiambo’s fierce effort on 17 minutes while both Bogle and Ryan Beswick fired narrowly off target as the teams cancelled each other out.
Saints’ Michael Built made an impact from the bench and Greg Kaziboni was always a threat while Bogle lurked menacingly.
Saints’ defenders denied Moors’ usually potent strike-force any sight on goal and former Brackley player Stefan Moore made little headway before giving way to another experienced striker Darren Byfield.
Brackley, who remain 13th in the table, welcome Lowestoft Town to St James Park this weekend.
Brackley: Turley, Samuels, Carruthers, Eddie Odhiambo, Sharpe (Pierpoint 85), Austin, Nelson-Addy (Built 63), Whittall, Green, Kaziboni, Moyo (Rowe 85).
Solihull: Breeden, Nottingham, Gough, Denny, Daly, Taundry (Story 86), Fleet, English (Elvins 86), Bogle, Beswick, Moore (Byfield 75).
Referee: Peter Gibbons