Scott Rogers praised his Willand Rovers team after they recorded an important victory over Bradford Town on Wednesday night.
Going into the game, Rovers were seven points off fourth-placed Bradford, with three games in hand and knew that a loss would most likely knock them out of the title race.
Yet Willand won 2-1 thanks to goals from Craig Veal and Rogers himself, leaving the player-manager delighted.
He said: “It was a massive win for us, as Bradford are a top side – I was really impressed with them, there’s no surprise as to why they are where they are in the league.
“The boys put in a hell of a shift, especially after Saturday’s 0-0 draw against league leaders Melksham, so to come away 2-1 winners has left me over the moon.
“The win gives us a chance. If we can get a result on Saturday against Odd Down, I think we’ll be back in the mix. We had to win last night to have any chance of doing all right, so it was a high pressure game.
“We went there knowing we’d have to soak up a lot of pressure and hit them on the break but it worked well.
Rogers paid out special tribute to Matt Thresher, Willand’s physio, who went above and beyond the call of duty in the build up to the victory over Braford.
The Silver Street boss said: “I’d like to pay a lot of praise to Matt Thresher, our physio, who stayed behind to travel to Okehampton to pick up our winger, Luke Alden, who was superb.
“Luke couldn’t get away from work until late, so Matt stayed behind and drove him to the game – along with Mike Mullins, he was probably the best player on the pitch. We wouldn’t have won the game without Luke last night so we owe Matt a big, big thank you.
“It just emphasises the commitment that everyone puts in and shows the morale of the squad, with everyone pulling for each other.
“I can’t imagine too many times someone would drive from Minehead to Okehampton to pick up a player and then drive him to Bradford.”
Willand now host Odd Down, who currently sit second in the table, meaning it is another huge fixture for Rogers’ side.
“It’s a massive game, as Odd Down are really good,” he admitted. “I think they’re going to be playing quite similarly to how we did last night, by soaking up the pressure and hitting us on the break.
“They’ve got lots of pace up front so we’ve got to be wary and hope they don’t do to us what we did to Bradford.
“It’ll be a different ball game from our point of view as we’ll have a lot more possession and be a lot prettier on the eye. I just hope they don’t do to us what we did to Bradford.
“I think we’re unbeaten in the last four or five games, so momentum is massive. If we can keep it going on Saturday, then we’ve got tough games against Shepton Mallet and Longwell Green Sports.
“We need to keep looking at little bunches of games, so if we can stay unbeaten in that period, it keeps our season alive.”