TOWN picked up their first home win of the season in Blue Square Bet North at the fourth time of asking as they came from behind to beat Workington 3-1 on Saturday.
And the importance of getting their first three-pointer at the Shay was not lost on manager Neil Aspin who was delighted with the result.
“It was a vital home win because you don’t want to go ages and ages without one,” said Aspin.
“Regardless of anything else, it is a big thing for us and I was delighted to get the win.
“We knew that if we didn’t win on Saturday, straightaway the next home game the attention is on getting the win.
“That pressure can build up.”
The Shaymen may have won - and moved into the top 10 - but Aspin knows there is still plenty of room for improvement from his side.
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“We are not kidding anyone because we know we are not playing brilliant football,” he said.
“But we have gone six games unbeaten which is a plus and a good return after losing the first game of the season.
“I know we need to be better.”
Victory against the Cumbrians was even more impressive given that the Shaymen conceded a goal in the opening minute of the game.
“We had been saying all week that we could not afford to be chasing the game,” said Aspin. “So to concede after 40 seconds was a disaster really.
“But the players showed character to get back in the game because we were losing at home again, the crowd were restless and we were under pressure.”
Lee Gregory levelled things with his second goal in two home games, and he also earned the penalty for Tom baker to put the Shaymen ahead before the break.
“In the first half Lee Gregory was a lot sharper,” said Aspin. “We know we have not got great pace in attacking areas, but he is the one player who has a bit of pace and we needed him to produce.
“I would say I am his biggest critic in that I don’t think he uses his pace and upper body strength enough.
“But he was a constant threat in the first half and I always felt we could get in behind Workington.
“That’s how it proved for the goals.”
Baker scored from the spot before the break and fired home from distance in the second half to secure the points, although a goalkeeping error gave him a helping hand.
“I have been moaning to the midfield players that they do not shoot enough or get forward enough,” he said.
“I am not going to criticise him for having a shot.
“He took the pressure of taking the penalty - and it was vital he scored - and two more goals will be good for his confidence.”