The Worksop Town fans were a ‘different class’ on Saturday, according to appreciative boss Mark Shaw.
The manager said he’s getting what he’s wished for since arriving at the club, from the often 150-strong travelling support.
“This is what I’ve wanted for the past two years,” he said.
“The fans were different class, they came and sang their hearts out.”
“It makes such a difference to the players, I’ve seen a change in them since the fans started making up their own songs and chanting.”
“It’s a massive help.”
The next step for the Tigers faithful is to pack Sandy Lane in even greater numbers.
Shaw said: “I want to fill the ground, that’s what it’s there for, not to be half empty.”
“We get good numbers away and at home, but while there are good times, with a team trying to play the right way and doing well, this is the time to support the club.”
“I don’t know how else to get that message out there, but I want people to come and enjoy themselves, it’s good to watch.”
Some of those present at Thackley on Saturday might have taken issue with that last statement in the first half.
But no one could deny that the second half was worth the entrance fee, Tigers firing in four goals to pick up another win.
Shaw said: “At half-time we turned to them in the dressing room and told them if they want to win the league they need to play with a championship winning tempo, and I don’t think we had that.”
“You have to give Thackley some credit, they’ve tried to stop us playing, had 11 men behind the ball and that makes life difficult on a tricky surface.”
“But in the second half the likes of Tom Elliott, Andy Ofosu and Conor Sellars have come to the party.”
“The way Conor Higginson celebrated with everyone shows what it meant.”
“It was a big win, and now we’ve another big one, they’re coming thick and fast.”