ACCRINGTON waited 17 league games for a victory - and then two came at once.
The Thorneyholme Road side picked up the unwanted league record off rivals Rishton - who had 16 league defeats - a week last Saturday but have now overcome two title challengers in a row to boost their hopes of not finishing bottom of the pile.
After seeing off Nelson to record their first win they then had a sweet victory over pre-season title favourites Haslingden last Sunday.
But the last win came at a cost as in-form skipper Matt Wilson had to retire with a back injury - and is a doubt for Saturday's trip to leaders Lowerhouse.
"It was agony," said the captain. "I still couldn't move earlier in the week but I went to hit a shot and my back just went. I am a doubt for tomorrow (Saturday) but I hope I can play."
Matt and brother Adam have proved the heroes in the last two games.
Batting at five and six, Matt made 45 and Adam 12 to help to see off Nelson for their first league win of the season.
"We didn't think we would win with the pro out so I just decided to hang around and have a swing at it and it worked," said the captain.
And then, after Accrington pro Tama Canning was out for a duck against Haslingden and Accrington were 54-4, the Wilson brothers Adam (46) and Matt (27no) helped put in a match-winning performance again to set a target of 180.
"I don't know if it is because we are brothers but we compliment each other when we are batting together. We seem to play quite well," said Matt.
Zahir Afzal then got into his stride with the ball after Canning had got rid of dangerman Graham Knowles and finished with 6-68 while Canning's 4-51 chalked up another welcome win for the league's bottom club.
"Two at once, it's like buses," continued the captain. "At last, luck seems to be going our way - and it seems to be happening against the top teams. We have known all along we can beat anyone in this league but we have had no luck whatsoever but maybe now our luck has changed.
"We have never been down about not getting the win but have kept our confidence high and the team spirit has been brilliant - we have played quite well and we knew it would turn round."
And the skipper is backing Tama Canning to turn his own performances around. The pro has struggled with the bat - with only 388 league runs so far this season - and has got 30 wickets and would expect better.
"I am the wicketkeeper and I get a good view when Tama is bowling and I think he is too good for the amateur batsmen," said the captain. "He is probably trying too much with the ball and the batsmen are not getting a nick on it.
"And he has had some freak dismissals this season. I still think he is the man for the job. He is brilliant on and off the pitch, is full of life and is good for the club."
And the captain is hoping Tama finally gets a big league knock against leaders Lowerhouse on Saturday.
"Lowerhouse are a voodoo team for us," added Matt. "Even if we get a high score or get them out cheaply they still seem to beat us. I remember about two years ago, we got 300 and they still won. But maybe, after all the bad luck, it is our time to beat them."
Meanwhile, CHURCH made their charge for a top half of the table finish with a 21-run win over Rawtenstall.
Paid man Ruven Peiris opened up with 45 helped by Sam Holt (35) and Mark Aspin (37). The wickets then fell at a regular pace but 175-9 was still a tough target.
And it was too much for Rawtenstall with Peiris, Westwell and Andrew Bentley all picking up three wickets each.
Church are at home to Burnley on Saturday and will have to beware after ENFIELD were seen off by the Turf Moor side. Burnley had set 210 with pro Alviro Petersen and Neil Holmes taking three wickets each. Petersen then made 62 but had no one to support him as his side fell 89 runs short. David Bracewell's team face joint top side Ramsbottom at Dill Hall Lane on Saturday.
And RISHTON would have thought 155 was an achieveable target against Todmorden as they looked for revenge following their Worsley Cup semi-final last ball defeat. Peter Sleep and Kumar Dharmasena took four wickets apiece to give them a good chance.
Sleep then made 64 but Dharmasena was out for a duck as Rishton slipped from 48-0 to 108-9. But, in an exciting finale, Rishton rallied and needed five off the last two balls - but ended up falling four runs short and suffering again at Centre Vale. They welcome Nelson to Blackburn Road on Saturday.