TEN days ago, Worcester City headed to Histon reeling from their heaviest defeat of the season.
Now they have won three games in a row and are looking up the Skrill North table rather than down following arguably their best result of the campaign.
Carl Heeley’s side put the 6-1 Bradford Park Avenue defeat behind them by winning 2-1 in Cambridgeshire and followed it up with victories against Colwyn Bay and Altrincham by the same scoreline.
While the first two successes were welcome, it is Tuesday’s triumph in Cheshire that will have made their relegation rivals sit up and take note.
Along with winning 3-0 at Telford in the FA Trophy, this was City’s best result to date, but it was much more significant.
They might have made a handy few quid out of the Telford triumph but league survival is their goal and beating one of the division’s top sides in their own backyard will do that cause no end of good.
It also sends out the clear message that Worcester are not going to chuck in the towel.
Defeat at Bradford served as a wake-up call and they have responded with their best form of the season.
Instrumental in their rejuvenation has been the permanent arrival of Aaron Brown and Jamie Grimes on loan from Kidderminster Harriers.
Brown’s height, experience and not inconsiderable skill on the ball has beefed up the midfield, while Grimes has strengthened a defence that was wobbling under the weight of injuries to Shabir Khan, Graham Hutchison and Richard Munday.
Their presence also seems to have rubbed off on striker Daniel Nti who has now scored four goals in three games, including his 25-yard stunner against Altrincham.
While Brown has undoubtedly made an impact, he has been quick to recognise the efforts of his new team-mates.
The 30-year-old, whose former clubs include Harriers, Aldershot, Leyton Orient and Yeovil, said: “The morale is there, we’ve got the quality, it was just putting that together in 90 minutes. It’s come together the last few games and now we just want to kick on and hopefully we can keep getting the results, working hard and get up the table.
“If we keep working I think it can only get better for us.
“We’ve all gelled really well so I’d like to think that I’ve put my bit in but so has everybody else. There are 11 men out there, you can’t just single out individuals.”
He added: “We worked our socks off against Altrincham - it was a team collective. Conditions were bad, we needed everyone pulling together and that’s what happened.”
Of his goal, which got City off and running at Moss Lane, Brown said: “I’ve been due a goal.
“I’ve gone close in the last two games, so I was happy to get on the scoresheet.”