Heanor Town are refusing to get carried away, despite closing the gap on league leading Hereford, with one of their best performances in two and a half years.
The Lions now sit eight points behind Hereford in the Midland Football League Premier, thanks to a 3-1 win at Sporting Khalsa, and the leaders’ 1-1 draw with AFC Wulfrunians.
Heanor Town’s management team were purring following the victory, over a side who had twice got the better of the Lions at the Town Ground this season.
Boss Glen Clarence said: “I might be wrong, but I thought we deserved a bigger scoreline than 3-1.
“The goal we gave them was sloppy, we’ve missed two or three one-on-ones.
“I don’t like getting carried away, but that’s up there with the best performances we’ve had in two and a half years.
“Different class from each and every one of them.”
Assistant manager Steve Huntington was also struggling to contain his delight at the performance.
“I don’t get carried away, positively or negatively, but that was fantastic,” he said.
“I thoroughly enjoyed watching us, we were value for money.
“The will to win, the desire to win the second ball.
“These are probably the best side we’ve played this season, they’ve beaten us twice at home. They’re a very good side. I’m over the moon.”
But in terms of the title race, Clarence refused to be drawn on how important the result might be.
“It might get us eighth, it might get us first, there are no prizes awarded in February,” he insisted.
“There’s a lot of football to be played.”
And his assistant said focus would now turn to this Saturday’s visit of Quorn, when he hopes a bumper crowd will watch a repeat performance from the Lions.
“We’ll take 48 hours to enjoy this win, and then we’ll concentrate on Quorn.
“We’ll let Quorn worry about us.
“If we replicate this performance today, I’d like to see another 40 or 50 people inside the Town Ground because that will be the best £5 you spend all week.”