Delighted Heanor Town boss Glen Clarence has praised the commitment of his players after their crushing win over Cleethorpes Town.
Heanor cruised in to a 4-0 lead by half-time and they showed no mercy against high-flying Cleethorpes as they made it 6-0 in the second half.
“It’s a great result, it sends a message that things have changed,” said Clarence.
“Jay Cooper was a different class as was Nick Hall, the whole team deserves credit. We’ve had no luck so far this season, if we compare the performance to the Pickering fixture a few weeks ago there wasn’t much difference. We lost there and we won today.
“The lads are delighted today, we will still take one game at a time. We move on to Tuesday night where we have another big game at home when Athersley come to us.
“I said before the game that with the squad we’ve had this season we should have been second in the league.
“There is a long way to go. We have belief in our own team, we have no fear and that showed today.
“We’re out to show people what we can do and with successive victories we will be up there at the end of the season.”
The Lions put the January run of defeats to the back of their mind as discipline and communication gave them a 6-0 win against second-place Cleethorpes Town FC.
The victory was the biggest win for Heanor this campaign, it was also the biggest defeat that Cleethorpes manager Marcus Newell had ever suffered.
First team coach Steve Huntington said: “I don’t know what Cleethorpes were doing if I’m honest, they turned up and we expected a 4-4-2, but they arrived at 2.30pm and didn’t look like they wanted to warm up.
“That is why they found themselves 4-0 down after half an hour. As a coach that is where I’d say we need to park the bus and leave with that scoreline but they continued trying nutmegs and back heels in the 80th minute. They got what they deserved.
“We weren’t brilliant, we won’t get too excited but we all won our individual battles today. Cleethorpes were poor today, very poor”
The Lions now face a visit to title-chasing Worksop Town FC on Saturday, followed by home games with Parkgate FC and Armthorpe Welfare FC and an away trip to Retford FC.