CHAIRMAN Mick Kent believes Swallownest FC now have the players to win their battle to stay in the Northern Counties East League.
The relegation-threatened Swallows have bolstered their squad with some good experience by signing midfielder Tom Hartshorn and combative front man Sam Foulds and bringing Jack Watts back to the club.
All three played a part in last Saturday's crucial 3-1 win over Clipstone, Swallownest's first league victory since November.
Player manager Alex Nightingale's team are now two points behind the fourth-bottom Nottinghamshire side in Division One with a game in hand.
They also have a chance to climb out of the drop zone when they visit nailed-on wooden spoonists Teversal on Saturday.
Mick said: “Saturday's result was long overdue because we have been playing exceptionally well and getting done in the last couple of minutes.
“The game management hasn't been what it should be but it's what you expect of young players and we have got one or two older guys in now.
“Of course, we are still in a dogfight and it's not going to be easy. FC Humber won 5-1 at Shirebrook and have turned a bit of a corner as well and have been signing a lot of players.
“Our next opponents, Teversal, have relaxed now because they have more or less accepted they are going down but they have nothing to lose and the match is at their place.
“After the weekend we've got Retford here on Tuesday (7.45pm). You have to earn the right to win these games. Everyone is scrapping.”
Swallows beat Clipstone the hard way, losing goalkeeper Zak Walker to a red card just before the hour. Mick's son, Mitch, was forced to pull on the gloves and did a sterling job behind a tense but committed team.
After Watts had given them an early lead, Swallownest's resolve was tested when Nathan Swindells equalised for Clipstone on the half-hour.
The Swallows came up with the answers.
The feisty Foulds headed his first goal for the club to make it 2-1 shortly before half time before stopper Walker and then a Clipstone player got their marching orders.
Walker's stand-in Kent produced an outstanding save before Hartshorn netted from a difficult angle to make it 3-0 on 79 minutes.
“It was all hands to the pump but that's how it is. Nothing goes for you down at the bottom,” added the chairman.
“There are 12 games left and plenty of points to be played for.”