Salford City made it four wins from four with a 1-0 victory away at Aldershot Town on Saturday afternoon.
Devonte Redmond scored his first Salford goal just before half time, which turned out to be the winner. Nathan Pond also had the ball in the back of the net only to see it disallowed by referee Sam Purkiss.
With AFC Fylde and leaders Leyton Orient in FA Trophy action it was an important win to keep the pressure on at the top, and manager Graham Alexander was delighted to return with another three points.
“It’s a brilliant win for us, I thought it was a real tough game today and we knew it was going to be.
“They’ve got some real good players organised exceptionally well by the manager, and we knew it’d be a real tight game so we’re delighted to come away with three points and a clean sheet.
“After a 50-50 start we were the better team for the half an hour up to half time and I thought we deserved the goal, and we had some real good opportunities fashioned across the face of goal where we just couldn’t get the final touch but the goal was a superb finish from Dev, gives us the lead.
“Second half, I was really disappointed with the disallowed goal, the circumstances, the decision’s made from quite a distance away. We’ll have to look at it, if I’m wrong I’ll hold my hands up, but that would have given us a good cushion for the rest of the second half.
“Aldershot really came into it, got the momentum, but we defended really solidly, the players worked exceptionally hard and made it hard for Aldershot to break us down and like I say, it’s a very good three points for us.”
The former Manchester United academy midfielder signed in January after leaving the Premier League side in the summer.
Having made his first league start in the win at Ebbsfleet, he has kept his place and says it feels good to get his first goal for the club.
“It’s a good feeling, it was a difficult game but I’m happy that was the goal that got us over the line.
“I feel the system that we’re in now works quite well for us. All the lads are fighting and working hard for each other.”