EASTWOOD Town boss John Ramshaw believes achieving a first win under his tenure could spur his side on to gain several more as they battle at the bottom of the league.
The Badgers are now 12 points adrift of safety and now prop up the rest of the table following a 1-0 loss to Colwyn Bay on Saturday.
But with performances generally continuing to improve, Ramshaw believes the taste of victory could be a huge boost to his young squad.
He said: “The players are working very hard both in training and in matches and they desperately want the win they deserve.
“They can feel it in their bellies and the mood in the camp is that our relegation fight isn’t over. I really feel a win could galvanise them and perhaps give us a chance.”
Saturday’s defeat to Colwyn Bay came after the Badgers had to play for an hour with ten men following Jevaise Christie’s sending off.
And while Ramshaw conceded that the decision to dismiss the young striker was correct, he was enraged by the performance of match referee Tony Horton.
He said: “I honestly think it was the most inept and biased refereeing performances I’ve ever seen in my whole career.
“He gave their defender Matt Hughes three final warnings before finally booking him, and we then counted eight more fouls by the same player and he wasn’t sent off.
“The referee even ran some distance to collect the ball for Colwyn Bay during the second-half, something the assessor said he shouldn’t have done.
“The red card was indefensible and Jevaise has apologised to me and his team-mates and also wishes to say sorry to the fans. The ref got that one right but then he couldn’t really get it wrong.
“Generally though I felt we dominated the game and had several chances to score, but when you’re down at the bottom things often don’t go your way and that was evident again.”
Ramshaw also praised young striker Greg Simmons, a product of Priory Celtic’s youth set-up who has also impressed for Eastwood’s reserves, and who was given his first start on Saturday.
“Greg looked hungry and energetic and did well enough to deserve another start this weekend,” said Ramshaw.
“Losing his strike partner didn’t help as he was having to work hard on his own up front, but he did very well and I feel he has a great future ahead of him.”
Eastwood now host Solihull Moors on Saturday before travelling to Droylsden next Tuesday night.
And Ramshaw says that despite the club’s position in the table, the improvements he has seen give him cause for optimism.
He added: “In both Boston games we did really well and, but for a crazy five minutes at Hinckley, there were good signs there too.
“I then felt with 11 men throughout on Saturday we could have beaten Colwyn Bay, so progress is definitely being made and I believe we’re improving all the time.”