Interim manager Jon Froggatt hopes Belper Town’s 5-0 thumping of Witton Albion will breed some much-needed confidence in his side.
Two goals each for Jon Froggatt, Rob Stevenson and a goal for debutant Bruno Holden put the smiles back on the faces of the fans.
It brings a torrid week, which saw Jon Froggatt and Mark Ward oversaw their first game in charge of the Nailers, to a rewarding end.
Said Froggatt: “It’s a huge relief for this football club to get its first win of the season, and it’s a massive weight off our shoulders.
“We feel it’s been coming over the course of the season, even though the last few games have been below par.
“We got the lads together on Tuesday for training and myself and Mark are made up with the support we’ve had.
“The lads have been terrific and they’ve put everything in to their game on Saturday.”
“It’s all about confidence, and I told the lads that we’re capable of competing against any team in this league, we just had to believe in ourselves.”
The Nailers adopted a new system, playing a 3-5-2 formation, and Froggatt believes this will help the team to express themselves with the ball and help them push on in the future.
“I personally believe that we haven’t played enough football this season, and that’s something we needed to address,” he added.
“We signed Glyn Cotton and he has come back and been great for us so far. We all know what he can do, and his energy and work rate is phenomenal. It really suited us playing with Ross and Warne sitting and Cotton playing a more advanced role, and it’s helped our wingers out too as they can focus more on attacking knowing that they have the protection of the sitting midfielders. I felt we utilised our wingers very well and we caused a lot of problems through them.”
“The manner in which we won the game was pleasing, and we showed great confidence to keep passing the ball quickly and not be afraid to keep possession in our own half.”
Having scored two goals, Froggatt proved his decision to start himself would be justified, and he now looks forward to Tuesday evening, away to Skelmersdale United.