Mursley United remained within touching distance of the top two in South Midlands Division Two with a hard-earned 1-0 victory at home to Totternhoe.
The hosts started well, operating with a back three and a lone striker in Andy Cleere and created their first chance when Sam Folland rose to meet a Ben Brill cross which was palmed away by visiting goalkeeper Bowley.
Mursley remained in the ascendancy, although they created few chances, while the visitors were reduced to long-range efforts in a goalless first half.
Totternhoe began to retain possession after the break and looked dangerous going forward, but were unable to make the most of their opportunities and it was Mursley who took the lead just before the hour when Cleere collected the ball and swung a cross in which bounced awkwardly in front of Bowley and was smashed home by Brill.
The visitors came at Mursley with renewed vigour, throwing men forward and pumping the ball into the penalty area, but Mursley defended stoutly to secure the three points.
This Saturday, Mursley, who are three points off top with a game in hand, visit close rivals Kent Athletic, while the reserves entertain Sun Postal Sports.