Bootle manager David McNabb has expressed his delight after picking up his first win since taking charge.
The former Warrington Rylands and Macclesfield boss had to wait until his third game to taste victory after suffering narrow defeats to Colne and Mossley.
Despite the disappointment, there were positive signs from both displays with an improvement in their trip to Seel Park after a losing home debut against the Reds.
They welcomed Trafford to Vesty Road on Saturday knowing that they needed a win to keep themselves and the relegation dogfight at arms-length and with wins for Hanley Town and Widnes, the Bucks did just that.
They had Tom Peterson to thank for claiming three points after the forward notched his 13th and 14th goals of the season stabbing home from Arthur Lomax-Jones’ cross before firing low beyond Matt Cooper 20 minutes from time to secure the points.
“Really pleased, a much deserved three points I thought we were really good again today,” said McNabb speaking to Off The Park.
“We picked up where we left off at Mossley but we looked a little bit more threatening in the final third with some of the link-up play, the first goal was a brilliant move and a good finish then the second one from a set-piece which is pleasing, we worked on that quite a bit this week.
“I’m just made up to get three points on the board.”
Danny Caldecott’s side saw a free header cleared off the line in the first half but never managed to test Curtis Anderson in the Bootle goal during the second half.
Nullifying a side who were just nine points off the playoffs at the start of the day was a testament to how his side performed, the Bucks boss insisted.
He added: “It’s against a good Trafford side, you’re always in a game when you come up against Trafford and I think Danny will be frustrated with his team’s performance but that’s credit to us and how we played, battled and won every first and second ball.
“It felt it [comfortable] but 2-0 is a dangerous scoreline but I never felt that we were really under siege. When you’re 1-0, 2-0, you don’t want a goal to go in but we were comfortable and a good win.”