After his sending off on Thursday evening, Colne forward Jay Hart had the perfect opportunity to banish his demons just 48 hours later, as Bootle came to town on Saturday.
Despite failing to add to his 33 goals for the season during the game, Hart played a prominent role in the side’s victory.
Furthermore running the away sides defence ragged, it was the former Clitheroe man who helped fatigue the Bucks back line and this payed dividends in the dieing minutes as Colne scored a late winner.
As Simon Nangle popped up with the winner four minutes from time, Hart and his team-mates breathed a huge sigh of relief, meaning that the title is still in their hands.
The three points enabled that the Reds continue to breathe down Runcorn Linnets neck at the summit, and with a huge game coming up at AFC Liverpool on Wednesday, Hart knows that four more wins will clinch the title for his side.
“The late winner against Bootle was crucial. To play like we did but still come away with the three points we needed was massive.
“Personally I always thought we would get an opportunity to score as the game went on, it was just a matter of time and it was a massive relief when Simon Nangle popped up to poke it home at the death.”
In front of 349 passionate and expectant supporters, Hart was cheered on by one of the biggest crowds of the season at the XLCR Stadium.
The North West Counties leading marksmen continued by praising the fans support and urged them to turn up in their numbers once again next Saturday in order to give his side the boost they need.
“The crowd on Saturday were amazing once again like they have been all season. Regardless of numbers we need them more than ever now and if they can continue they can help us over the line.”
With four games of the season still to play, the Reds face two home games and two on the road, with the clash at 1874 Northwich on the final day set to seal their fate.
As belief continues to build in the dressing room, Hart hasn’t only stated that he is confident of winning the league, he has also explained why the Reds could compete in the tier above if and when they do gain promotion.
“I think we should have believed from day one that the title could be ours, we have a quality side that’s capable of competing in the league above so hopefully we’ll win our remaining games and win the league.”
Interview: James Burch