Battling Gainsborough Trinity have plotted an escape route to National League North safety.
Ashley Worsfold struck his second vital winner in four days on Tuesday to clinch Trinity’s second successive win and give the Holy Blues a chance of winning their relegation battle.
Worsfold’s 29th-minute penalty at bottom-of-the-table North Ferriby United was Trinity’s first away goal since October and took the visitors to within two points of safety.
On Saturday they travel to relegation rivals Telford, who also won on Tuesday, before playing Tamworth, who are also in the bottom three, in the final match at the Northolme.
Delighted manager Lee Sinnott praised his side’s strength after playing twice in 72 hours. “We looked a bit tired at the end,” he said. “Playing with 10 men on Saturday took it out of us, while they didn’t have a game.
“We stuck to our task and dug deep. I am delighted.
“Of course we can perform better, but as long as you end up on the winning side that is all that matters.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s crucial match at Telford, Sinnott added: “It will be a difficult trip, but the players are mentally strong and we move on in a positive mind.
“If we can take this (relegation battle) into the final match with our crowd backing us at the Northolme, then we have a chance.