MELKSHAM Town continued their assault on the Toolstation Western Premier League with a 1-0 win over visitors Clevedon on Saturday, writes JOSH LAYTON.

A second-half strike from Ryan Bole sealed the club’s sixth victory on the trot, during which time they have not conceded a goal.

Town lie second in the league and with a crowd of 377 in the Oakfields Stadium on Saturday the omens are good for Kieran Baggs' side.

Assistant manager Luke Ballinger said: “We carried on what we have been doing for the past two weeks really. It was a disciplined, professional performance. We had a game plan and we stuck to it.

“We could have been a bit more clinical and threatening in the final third but we were comfortable going in at half time. In the second half I asked for a bit more intensity going forward and we got the goal. Overall it was a very pleasing performance.”

Melksham's rock-solid defence has taken them five points behind Street, who have a game in hand and Ballinger added: “We weren’t too happy at the start of the season because we gave away some sloppy goals but now we’ve got players back and have a squad that is ready to go and it shows.

“We’ve worked hard to get rid of the mistakes and six clean sheets bodes well going forward. “Hopefully it continues.”

Skipper Gary Higdon may have failed to find the back of the net against Clevedon but the striker is currently the top scorer with 16 and has an improved all-round game.

“I have been one of his fiercest critics to be fair,” Ballinger said.

“He scores goals but he has worked on other parts of his game, such as his hold-up play, and it’s been pleasing for everyone.”

While a title challenge is still within reach, Melksham turn their attentions to the FA Vase and a second round proper tie at Wantage on Saturday.

“You have that in the back of your mind but we’ve got to take each game as it comes,” added Ballinger.

“We have got Wantage away in the FA Vase and we want to get through for the squad and for financial side for the club. Then we have got Chippenham on Tuesday.

“We will go into those games and see what happens.”