Stockport Town demolished rivals New Mills on Monday evening as the Lions ran out 6-1 winners at Stockport Sports Village in front of a packed crowd.
Following the game I caught up with Town boss, Dave Wild, to get his post-match analysis of what he thought on his teams performance.
Wild said: “I honestly thought that our showing on Monday night has been a long time coming! We have shown glimpses of it week on week so it was only a matter of time before it clicked right through our spine and that's the result when it does!
“Going forward in the second half we were a joy to watch and it genuinely could have been more than six! We work very hard on our forward play behind the scenes and it's nice to see it pay off in such a huge game for the board.”
Speaking on the size and gulf in display and result, Wild was first to point out that his Lions should be proud of their achievements in the last week. He added: “I have to be honest, I didn't expect us to run away with it like we did on Monday but we must look back at what we have done this weekend with great pride.
“We have played two sides who were relegated last season and scored 10 goals, taking six points in the process. That just shows me that on our day we can be a real test for anyone and the aim now is to improve our consistency.”
He counted: “For me New Mills are better than what they showed on Monday night, they looked sluggish after the hour mark and that's when we really capitalised on things. Having said that our lads had played two games in three days too so it's not an excuse for them!
“They have players of real quality and we spent time discussing with the players how to deal with their main threats which we did from minute one. I just think our lads deserve all the plaudits for an outstanding showing.”
Asked whether the result would send a statement out to others in the league, Wild replied: “The main thing on the night was that we took three points as it is with every game we play in.
“I'm not overly worried about making people scared to play us, I'm all about what we do in house whether that's in training, match-day prep, scouting etc. If all things are done properly then wins and results will come.”
Looking ahead, Stockport travel to West Didsbury & Chorlton in the FA Vase Second Qualifying Round, and Wild is expecting a tough encounter come Saturday afternoon. He said: “We now focus on FA Vase action this weekend! We're looking forward to the tie and will be going there to win.
“We know it's a very difficult task and we will have to be at our absolute maximum to do well. The quality that West Didsbury have in their side is of Evo Stik quality and I still stand by my prediction that they will get promoted come May.”
All the action gets underway at The Recreation Ground on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.