JOHN Dent has paid tribute to his Falmouth Town players for the loyalty they have shown during some very difficult times for the struggling premier division club this season.
Dent, serving the second game of a three match ban, watched from the stands, as Town recorded their first CSWPL top flight victory since October as they beat bottom of the table Liskeard Athletic 2-1 at Bickland Park (match report page 90).
It was only Town's third league victory of the season, and first since winning 3-0 at Elmore, this weekend's opponents, at the beginning of October.
And Dent couldn't have been happier for his players after finally seeing them end a run of seven league games without a win.
He said: "The boys have been working so hard to get the results and it's great to finally see them get their reward.
"These players have stuck with the club, week in, week out, even though we haven't been getting the results.
"It's nice to see them walk off the pitch with a win under their belt. Hopefully we can build on this now.
"Of course, people might have expected us to beat Liskeard, but this is probably the boost our lads have needed.
"There's not really been a lack of confidence in the side, they believe in their own ability, but when results aren't going your way you don't tend to get the rub of the green."
With Falmouth's must-win clash the only premier division fixture to beat the weather at the weekend, victory took Dent's men up two places, and one position below Saturday's opponents at Bickland Park, Elmore.
The visit of the Eagles represents another opportunity for Town to pull further clear of relegation trouble and claim back to back wins for the first time this season.
Dent said: "It's another big game for us and it would be nice to keep the momentum going with another win on Saturday.
"We've already beaten Elmore once this season and hopefully we can do it again. They're down there as well and scrapping for points so it could be a tight game."
Falmouth hope to include former Helston Athletic man Jason Robertson in their squad, while Harry Evans will be available after playing in the English Colleges' 3-2 win against Australia.
Evans, who lives in Mylor Bridge, played 45 minutes for England at Sutton Coldfield.
He said: "It was a great experience to represent my country and wear the three lions on my shirt and play against another country such as Australia.
"A big thanks to Truro College for supporting me and it's nice to see the hard work starting to pay off. Also, a big thanks to my parents for supporting me as well."
The Truro College student could go straight into the starting XI as Town assess the fitness of Dan Richardson.
The midfielder scored both of Falmouth's goals on Saturday, before limping off with a hamstring injury.
Dent said: "We'll see how Dan is, but if he's not fit we should have Harry available again.
"It would be massive blow to lose Dan because he has been excellent for us."