Eastwood CFC boss Paul MacFarland was full of praise for his side after they secured their first ever league win last Saturday.
They beat second-placed Bulwell 4-2 at Coronation Park to add to the three draws previously accumulated over the festive period, and are now level on points with Holbrook St Michaels with three games in hand.
And MacFarland says the win was as unexpected as it was impressive.
He said: “It was incredible. It’s been coming a long, long time but to be honest I didn’t expect it today.
“We’ve changed things around and gave a debut to Kye Hall up front who made a big difference, whilst Anthony Bedward and Kione Gordon, who have been on the bench a lot this season but have stuck with it, came in and did the business for us.”
Eastwood were forced into some team changes with MacFarland going on to explain how it changed their game.
“We’ve had to re-juggle things as we had four or five missing but what we got was fantastic. It was a bit different to how we’ve been playing in that we had two big lads that can hold the ball up whereas we’ve tended to play two smaller, mobile players,” he said.
“I hope we can kick on now. We’ve got Holbrook to play in a couple of weeks and also Southwell who are two places above us so things are looking brighter.”
Despite the win, MacFarland refused to see the result as a turning point just yet.
He added: “I certainly hope it is one but we’ve got to bring them back down to earth now and do that week in, week out before we can get too excited.
“I thought after the three draws that we’d turned the corner and that encouraged us to be a little more open and try to play more football, but it backfired on us a little bit. We’ve done well as a unit which is what we’ve asked for and now we have to do it consistently.”
On Hall’s impressive debut, MacFarland said: “He’s a big lad who told me he’d put himself about a bit and get a goal and he certainly did that. Let’s hope he’s a lucky mascot!”