MELKSHAM Town manager Kieran Baggs subscribed to the idea that a win is a win after his side squeezed past bottom-of-the-table Barnstaple Town in Southern League Division One South 1-0 on Saturday, writes JONATHAN LEIGHFIELD.

In difficult conditions at Mill Road, Jon Davies’ first-half goal was the difference between the two sides as Melksham made it three wins in four games.

Baggs’ side are now six points off the final play-off place with two games in hand, following the postponement of their Tuesday night game against Cinderford Town.

The Melksham manager says the result was the only thing that mattered at this point in the season and was relieved to come through a difficult test against a team that is fighting for survival in the Southern League.

Baggs said: “You get no more points for winning 5-0 at bottom of the league than you do for winning 1-0 – it was a really professional performance from us.

“They lined up with 10 men behind the ball and tried to stay in the game for as long as possible, but we showed that little bit of quality.

“It was a great goal that we scored from link-up play between Neikell Plumber, Dan King and Jon Davies to finish it off – the goal was a real moment of quality in the match.”

Melksham were due to be in action again on Tuesday night, with the previously rescheduled match against play-off chasing rivals Cinderford having to be postponed again due to the wet weather.

Baggs says the game, which is now due to be played later this month, being called off was no bad thing as far as his side is concerned due to a plethora of absentees meaning they would have had to play with an under-strength team.

Baggs said: “To be honest, having the game called off was an absolute blessing. When the game does go ahead, it will still be a big game.

“But we can’t look to that one until it comes around, we’ve got Highworth on Saturday – we need to make sure we’re up for that game and ready to go from the off.”