Winslow United finally recorded a long overdue first home win of the season when they beat Crawley Green 1-0 on Tuesday evening.
Although the much-needed three points keeps Winslow bottom of South Midlands League Division One, they are now within six points of safety with five games in hand.
Manager Scott Reynolds said: “It’s such a relief to finally get that first home victory. We are pleased for everyone at the club, and especially pleased for the players who have been working so hard to get the results to go in our favour.
“However, we must not get carried away, a win is fantastic, but we must follow this up on Saturday with another win. Just as we try not to get too down when we lose, we must not get too high with this win.
“We move onto Saturday with a game against London Lions, who like ourselves are fighting for every point to climb that table.”
Winslow began brightly on Tuesday and looked the more dangerous side in the opening half with the first chance coming on just five minutes when Dale Butler evaded a couple of challenges and threaded the ball to Joey Acheampong, whose cross was cleared to Ryan Freshwater, but the youngster fired just off target.
Freshwater was again in the tick of the action a minute later, winning the ball back and releasing Acheampong in on goal, but the striker shot straight at the goalkeeper.
Crawley almost went ahead against the run of play when the unmarked Aaron Wilson headed over, however Winslow remained in the ascendency and they finally took a deserved lead through Butler, who reacted quickest after the Crawley goalkeeper had palmed away Jason Costello’s effort to smash home.
With the hosts maintaining their lead until half-time, Crawley started the second period on top and dominated possession without troubling home keeper Tom Weymes.
Winslow then almost doubled their lead when Costello produced a superb reaction save from Dean Bull.
Crawley had several golden chances to level but were repeatedly denied by some last-ditch Winslow defending, which included a brilliant goal-line clearance from Danny Job, as the home side held on to a precious three points.
Winslow entertain fellow strugglers London Lions this weekend.