LEE BRADBURY felt patience was key as the Hawks stretched their unbeaten run to nine matches with an uninspiring 1-0 win over Truro City at Westleigh Park.
An Ollie Palmer goal at the start of the second half, his 22nd of the season, settled matters to move the Hawks to within six points of the Blue Square Bet South play-off places.
Basement club Truro, odds-on favourites for relegation after being docked 10 points for going into administration earlier in the season, proved dogged opponents.
But Hawks boss Bradbury was happy with how his men stuck to their task and grabbed another three points.
He said: ‘Teams now are going to come here and try to make it hard for us.
‘They came here to frustrate us with an extra man in midfield and tried to nick something on the break.
‘We stood up to it well, although I admit it wasn’t a fantastic game of football.
‘We knew Truro could be a threat going forward because they have gone to places like Welling and Salisbury and scored goals.
‘To our credit, we kept the door shut and we are always confident that we possess the quality to score goals.
‘The key was always going to be staying patient because one goal always looked like settling it.
‘We can play better but by being resilient and working hard for each other we have got another win.
‘At this stage of the season in our position that is all that matters.’
The Hawks went closest in a scrappy opening 45 minutes when Steve Ramsey saw his 20-yard drive crash back off the crossbar with Truro goalkeeper Luke Payne well beaten.
The decisive moment of the game arrived just two minutes into the second period when Palmer showed his predatory skills inside the Truro area.
Payne could only punch a Christian Nanetti free-kick out as far as Ramsey who immediately hooked the ball back into the danger area.
The keeper again got to the ball first under pressure but could only flap it down to Palmer who lofted the rebound into the net via the underside of the bar.
Payne then produced a good reflex save to keep out a Ramsey header but goalscorer Palmer should have added to his account soon afterwards.
The striker went clear of the visitors’ defence through the middle, only to fire against the keeper’s legs.
In the end, it was a comfortable win for the Hawks to maintain their outside chance of sneaking into the play-offs.
Bradbury added: ‘All we can do is look after ourselves and try to win as many games as we can.
‘I am really pleased with the way my players have come up against different sorts of tests lately and dealt with them all very well.’
Hawks: Masters 7, Newton 8, Grant 7,
Ryan 7, Harris 7 (Monteiro 53; 7), Strugnell 7, Nanetti 7, Ramsey 8 (Hutchinson 80),
Palmer 7, Kabba 7 (Jones 80), Arthur 7.