Town boss Neil Aspin said Danny Lowe’s performances in training had convinced the manager to put him back in the starting-line up for Saturday’s 3-0 win over Welling United.
The Shay skipper has been a regular under Aspin in recent years but his opening day red card at Cambridge United, plus the arrival of new signings Marc Roberts and Simon Ainge, has seen Lowe struggle to hold down a regular place.
But Aspin, who is a keen admirer of his versatile captain, said Lowe’s attitude in training had resulted in the player winning his shirt back.
“Obviously Danny is used to playing and has been disappointed that he’s not been playing,” said Aspin after Saturday’s convincing win.
“He impressed me in training. He did some running on the Tuesday and his attitude was excellent and I was really pleased with what he did on Thursday as well. I felt he needed to play on Saturday.”
Lowe lined up at left-back with Scott McManus moving forward into midfield - something Aspin believes could work in the future.
Aspin said: “It can work because you’ve got two good players and two good left foots on that side.
“You want good players to be playing and I felt that they combined well in the Grimsby game and there’s no reason why they can’t do it again.”
Aspin added that he was pleased with the combination playing down the right too, where all three of Town’s goals on Saturday were created - but said he wanted to see more consistency from winger Adam Smith.
“We did do well down the right hand side. We know Adam’s a danger and that he’s a good player. Obviously he’s more natural going forward than Scott McManus on the other side but it’s all about getting the balance.
“Adam showed he can be a big player for us in the first half. I just need him to do it now for 90 minutes”