NEW BOOTS made all the difference to Great Harwood.
Manager John Hughes said his players had been slipping all over in Saturday's 4-3 Division Two Trophy loss to Cheadle.
And so he told his players to get some studs - and they bounced back with a 1-0 win against Holker Old Boys in the NWCL Division Two at the Interlink on Monday night.
"They were sliding all over the place in the mud," said boss John Hughes.
"I told Yakub Khan, after Saturday, to go and get some studs. And he and a couple of players did and Yak was awesome on Monday. He wasn't slipping about! If only everything was so simple."
Harwood had been on a run of ten league games unbeaten until last week when they lost to New Mills.
They then under-performed against Cheadle in the Division Two Trophy quarter-final on Saturday.
Cheadle raced into a 2-0 lead before Dennis Hill scored. It was then 3-1 before Ed O'Neill got one back and then Ben Howarth got what was just a late consolation on 90 minutes.
"We didn't play well and we needed to improve on Monday and we did," continued Hughes.
"I have said that someone one day will be in for a thrashing and we could have been 4-0 up by half-time.
"But we didn't take our chances again. Saying that, whether it is 1-0, 2-1 or 6-0 it is still three points and that is what is important."
John Eastham was the goalscorer on Monday although it was disputed between him and Howarth who got the final touch.
"We gave it the striker as John deserved it!" said Hughes.
The manager has assembled a squad together, based on a lot of youngsters, and he is now seeing promising signs.
"We have some good players here and a lot of them are only teenagers.
"There is a lad called Lester Peters who has come from Rochdale Sunday League and he is turning into a good player, with two good feet and he just now needs the experience.
"I have also signed David Woodruff from Kendal.
"He is older and he has done really well at the back and hopefully we will have him for longer.
"There is a good combination here and I hope I can keep picking up players who are on the fringes of the UniBond sides and they can help me out by playing and adding the experience while I am helping them get fit and play some games."
Harwood were set to play Ashton tomorrow (Sat) in the league but it is off because of Accrington Stanley's home clash with Morecambe live on Sky on Monday.
Harwood's next game is at Daisy Hill on Wednesday.