Crowland manager Paul Lucas is confident his side will soon shed their reputation as one of the Peterborough League Premier Division’s whipping boys.
Lucas and his team celebrated the end of a run of 12 successive defeats when beating Deeping Reserves 2-1 last weekend.
Crowland had taken four points from their opening two games, but nothing else since until two Pat Dooner goals secured a come-from-behind win over Deeping.
Crowland are on their third manager of the season. Long-serving club official Pete Harrison was the man in the hot seaat at the start of the season before reserve team boss Darren Warner took charge for one game.
Warner then asked Lucas to take charge and the Deeping match was his fourth as the boss - his third had ended in a 10-1 defeat against ICA Sports.
“We didn’t deserve to lose by that many,” Lucas claimed. “Four or five would have been fairer as we played better than 10- would suggest. We played without a recognised goalkeeper as well.
“There’s no way we will finish in the bottom three in my opinion. We have good players to come back into the side and we have some good quality in the squad.
“I only managed the reserve team for one game and I left them with a perfect winning record!
“This win was better though as it ended a terrible run and we showed lots of spirit to come back from behind to get the three points.
“Pat Dooner still has the quality if not the legs to get around midfield, but he came up trumps for us. His second goal was from 35 yards after the Deeping ‘keeper had passed it to him.
“Pat owed me a good performance as he was awful against ICA!
“I hope it’s the start of better form, but we have a tough game against Peterborough Sports this Saturday.”
It was a decent day all round for teams at the bottom as Uppingham won 4-2 at Langtoft and Leverington beat AFC Stanground 3-1.
City side Riverside have now dropped to the foot of the table after losing 5-1 at home to leaders Moulton Harrox who have now won all 11 of their top-flight matches.
Sports are back in second after goals from Chris Brown and Dan Fountain secured a 2-1 win in a city derby at ICA.
Harrox will expect to make it 12 wins in a row when they entertain Langtoft this Saturday (November 21).
Riverside have a great chance of getting back off the bottom as they host fellow strugglers Uppingham.
Thorney booked a second round PFA Senior Cup date with Harrox after winning 3-1 at Stilton in the first round last weekend. Rob da Silva, Leon Gellizeau and Dan Retzlaff scored the Thorney goals.