Delighted manager Dave Frecklington hailed the debuts of two loan signings as Gainsborough Trinity climbed out of the National League North bottom two with a 2-1 win over Alfreton Town — ending a run of three defeats.
Frecklington, who labelled the clash one of seeveral key six-pointers, said defenders Jack Vann and Brad Beatson were outstanding on their first appearances for the Holy Blues.
“We were outstanding. We changed our shape to 4-5-1 to be more solid and went back to basics.
“I needed to do a lot of soul searching to try to find what is best for the group. We put out a hard-working side with a lot of experience.
“The two new boys who came into the back four made us really solid.
“We made ourselves hard to beat and then our top players turned up, like Nathan Jarman and Craig King who both scored. Craig’s goal was worthy of winning any match.
“Alfreton are a very good side with a lot of experience and quality so that is a big victory for us.”
Craig King was assisted by Liam King for the 79th minute winner. Liam pounced on a misplaced pass, drove forward from the centre of midfield and flicked the ball to Craig, who remained composed and finished into the top corner.
The Reds had drawn level 14 minutes into the second half when Luke Shiels nodded home from a corner.
That cancelled out Nathan Jarman’s 31st minute breakthrough at a corner when he fired in from 12 yards off the post.
Frecklington added: “We worked hard on the first goal in training. That was a well rehearsed corner.
“The performance showed what we can do when all the players turn up.
“You could see how much the win meant to them.”