Heanor Town bounced back to form with a 3-1 home win against Loughborough University on Monday to end 2015 in third place in the Midland Football League Premier Division.
The Lions had gone down 4-0 at home to Alvechurch, who only head them in second place on goal difference, in their previous outing and had not won in four games
But goals from debutant Jordan Simpson, Joe Naylor and Jamie Clarke saw off the Students on Monday and boss Glenn Clarence said: “I was very happy with the performance.
“First half I thought we were superb. I thought we moved the ball really well. I don’t want to single anybody out as I thought the whole side did well.
“I thought we ran out of steam and had to make changes before the end and was disappointed to concede.
“But we wanted a performance, we wanted three points and we wanted a smile back on our faces and the fans’ faces and that’s what we got. It was deserved.
“The key message today was togetherness. It takes time to get the right personnel in and I don’t think we are far off, we might even be there.
“Alvehurch last week have played together for two or three years – and it showed.
“Today, even though it’s not true, we looked like we’d played together for two or three years because of partnerships.”
Heanor host a visit from fifth-placed Shepshed Dynamo on Friday (3pm) and Clarence added: “It was three points on Monday and it’s all about Friday now.
“It’s up to us as a group and as players to excite the fans.
“I think they could have got behind us a bit more when we were going through a bad patch.
“Today they were with us because the lads made them be with us. They played well and they worked hard.”
Match report inside on page 45.