Callum Ball believes “hard work and determination” paid off for Corby Town after they stopped the rot at the weekend.
The 23-year-old grabbed his first goal for the Steelmen as they claimed a crucial 3-2 victory over fellow strugglers AFC Telford United at Steel Park on Saturday.
The win ended a dreadful run of seven Vanarama National League North defeats in a row and 13 games without a victory in all competitions.
Former St Mirren and Derby County frontman Ball opened the scoring with a far-post volley and went on to produce an impressive display for Tommy Wright’s men.
And he was delighted to be on the winning side for the first time since he joined the Steelmen towards the end of September.
“It was nice to get the goal and get a first win since I have been here,” Ball said.
“I haven’t scored for a while and it was nice to get one.
“Hopefully I get many, many more for Corby and help us push up the league.
We have been playing well recently but weren’t able to get the results and we definitely should have got a point or all three at Gloucester before letting it slip.
“But hard work and determination paid off for us at the weekend. And we just want to keep moving up the table.
“It looked like it was going to be one of those days again. But there were some good performances and we were rewarded in the end.
“We knew it was a big game and we went out there and dug in for each other.
“It’s great to get that first win since I have been here and hopefully there will be a few more.”
Paul Malone, meanwhile, completed 90 minutes and scored as he enjoyed his first run-out for nearly nine months having suffered a double leg break in February.
The central defender led a young Steelmen side in a 7-0 friendly success over AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ under-21 side at Steel Park last night (Monday).
Malone struck with a second-half header while Kurtis Revan, Andre Johnson, Wilson Carvalho, Rashayne Hunter were also on target along with an unnamed trialist who scored twice.
Read more from Callum Ball in Thursday’s Corby Telegraph