WORCESTER Raiders' manager Karl Gormley admits the weekend FA Vase victory was "the boost" his side needed after a disappointing couple of weeks.

Raiders were beaten 3-1 at Sixways by Cinderford on Wednesday evening, five days after they struggled to put bottom-of-the-league Wantage Town to bed in a narrow 1-0 victory.

It looked as if they might be on the other end of another negative result on Saturday when falling a goal behind in their Vase clash at Westfields, but Gomley's men turned things around to win 3-1 and the boss was impressed with how his side responded.

"We had a good chat before the game and we felt that over the last couple of weeks, performances have not been good enough," said Gormley.

"The defeat mid-week (3-1 loss to Cinderford) was not good, the Wantage game we didn't perform and we had good chat today (Saturday). 

"It was needed to try and clear the air a bit and we went back to basics, each lad knew their job and from 1-11, the players were outstanding, the reaction was brilliant. 

"We are all together in this and we needed that win, for all of us involved across the board at the club including the players, managers and supporters, just to give us a boost."

The game also marked a return to the scoresheet for striker Jordan Murphy, who has recently made a full recovery from the serious neck injury he suffered last month.

He scored twice in the 3-1 win and Gormley was full of praise for his number nine.

"We are a different team when Jordan is with us," he added. "Both on and off the pitch, his presence makes such a difference.

"We were all very worried when he got injured but to have him back scoring goals is a testament to the lad.

"His fitness isn't the best and he will be the first to say that but we got some minutes into him in mid-week and another hour at the weekend so he will benefit greatly from that

"But there is no doubt we are a much better team with Jordan Murphy on the pitch."

Zaq Hussain also featured in the comeback victory on his return to the club after signing from Worcester City earlier in the week. He provided an assist for Murphy later in the half during an impressive 25-minute cameo off the bench.

"Zaq ran the game in the last 25 minutes and he gave their right back an awful time," added Gormley.

"We tried to sign him in pre-season and a couple of weeks ago, but it's just great to have him back and we all know what he is capable of so we're delighted."

Raiders have been drawn away at Whitchurch Alport in the first round proper of the FA Vase.