A HARD fought 3-1 victory on the road at Loughborough University has pushed Olton up to third in the Conference North division.
Olton travelled to Loughborough, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, missing a number of players but confidence in the visiting camp was high following a string of positive results.
The visitors matched the energy and pace of a strong Student side and began to create chances from their early dominance.
Both midfield and forward lines worked hard in attack and stifled any possession the Students managed to get.
Set plays were crucial for Olton and they were rewarded early with Muhammad Irfan converting for his first of the season and on the stroke of half-time Jay Reddy showed scintillating pace to calmly finish a move created by Irfan.
The second half brief was to cause more problems for the home side, but Loughborough took advantage of a rare moment of defensive confusion to score a deflection and bring themselves back into the match at 2-1.
From then on Olton set up their formation to soak up lots of pressure with keeper Will Burns dealing with any attempts at goal convincingly.
Vinny Richardson remembered why he rarely visits the attacking circle after waking up from a meeting with the post. He was to miss the rest of the game with what looked like a large head wound.
And the icing on the cake was a second goal for Irfan to wrap up a win after Olton repelled any light fightback.
This Saturday Olton travel north to play second placed Sheffield Hallam who like Loughborough were relegated from the Premier League last season.