Prescot Cables manager Craig Davies was delighted with his side’s commitment as they dented Ramsbottom’s early-season promotion hopes picking up their first win of the season in the process.
Leon Johnson scored two including the winner a minute before stoppage time as Cables ended their run without a win.
Davies rued his sides previous defensive lapses as part of their run in the Northern Premier League West but commended his sides valiant efforts and hopes they can build on the win.
During the early stages of the season, Prescot Cables have been left devastated by an unfortunate late winner for Clitheroe after being in a healthy lead before narrowly missing the chance to overcome Warrington Rylands.
“I thought we were excellent. We haven’t defended well in all aspects of the pitch, we’ve conceded a lot of goals and we needed to stop that quickly,” Davies said.
“It’s all well and good scoring the amount of goals we score but if were conceding if not a bit more bit more, you’re in a bit of danger.
“It was a big weight off the shoulders to get the win. It was a big win, we went down to 10 men but apart from the penalty and the chance they had at the end, I was never worried about them scoring.
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“I thought we defended really really well in the game, tactically we had to change it because we were down to 10 men, stayed in the game weathered the storm but got the goal we deserved on the balance of the game. Naturally delighted to get three points. We were looking forward to the next one which was postponed on Tuesday night.
“Going down to 10 men is always difficult but the last two times we’ve done it we’ve stayed in games and won them. You wouldn’t want to go down to 10 men against Ramsbottom because they’re an excellent side but I felt that we dealt with everything they threw at us.
“We stayed in the game and we have shown good character, we’ve shown excellent team unity to stay and stick together with the defence and attack. We got a bit of fortune that we didn’t have, Clitheroe the last-minute clearance which is deflected and gone in, Marine which was offside and another where our goalie has hit our defender on the back and they’ve scored, Rylands we could’ve won it, couple of mistakes and we would’ve been well on top in that game.”
For Prescot Cables, their attention now turns to the FA Cup where they host Whitby Town after Tuesday’s postponement against Widnes.
Davies now hopes his side can continue laying the foundations and climb up the table following the win.
“I think everyone says it, luck irons itself out throughout the course of the season and we got our stroke of luck on that day. I think anyone there would’ve agreed we were well worthy of a win regardless of how it went.
“At our level of football, the league and level of player has been stronger that it has been over the last few years. Every games difficult, you’ve got to be in the game, you’ve got to dig in, you’ve got to graft for anything you can get.
“We’ve got a core team of older lads then a good blend of younger lads who are hungry. It’s taking a bit of time, losing experienced players but it was always going to take time. But it’s something we build on, we’ve got to kick on. We’ll score goals against anyone, our problem is defensively, I think we were excellent against Ramsbottom.”