However, Elliott was not to be kept off the scoresheet for too long, putting City ahead with half an hour gone. Jason Price centred the ball from a well-worked throw-in move. Jamie Forrester swung and missed it, but Elliott was on hand to hammer it past Michael Price.
City came desperately close to doubling the lead from a 60th minute corner. Burgess smashed a shot in from close range but it was somehow blocked on the line by Ryan Valentine.
Neither side really came close to changing the scoreline after that except for a disallowed Barry Conlon goal, and so, despite a frustrating performance, City ran out 1-0 winners to go top of Division Three after Oxford could only draw 0-0 with Lincoln.
City line-up (4-4-2): Myhill; Thelwell, Joseph, Delaney, Dawson; Price, Hinds, Ashbee, Elliott (Holt 83); Forrester (Allsopp 47), Burgess.
Un-used subs: Musselwhite, Green, France.