FC UNITED manager Karl Marginson hailed comeback kid Jamie Baguley after his screamer took the reds up to seventh place.
United are on the edge of the UniBond Premier League play-off places following their 2-0 win at Leigh Genesis on Tuesday night, which included a 25-yard pile driver from Baguley.
The reds have now won five of their last six games and they play the side directly above them, Guiseley, at Gigg Lane on Saturday, January 31, kick-off 3pm.
Marginson said: “We’re on a good run and it’s important that we continue that.
“The performance at Leigh wasn’t great as they made it difficult for us. But we got the three points we needed to continue our promotion push.
“We’ve got good competition for places at the moment and Jamie Baguley coming off the bench and scoring such a good goal just goes to prove that we have many players battling for a place in the starting 11.
“Jamie is a top lad with a great attitude and everyone is made up that he has recovered from the knee injury that kept him out for much of the season.
“Guiseley will be a tough game as we drew 2-2 with them in a cracking match in November.
“We thought that we did more than enough to win that one and we actually went in front with a couple of minutes left, before their full back scored the goal of his life from 30 yards out to steal a point.
“So we maybe have a score to settle and we know that if we are at our best we will beat anyone.”
Winger Jerome Wright scored the other goal on Tuesday night as FC marked the first ever competitive game at Leigh’s Sports Village with a win.
But FC had less luck on Saturday as Witton Albion caused an upset with a last minute winner to pip the reds 2-1.
United’s goal came from loan signing Tristram Whitman, who has impressed his manager.
Margy said: “Tristram is settling in well and getting to know the way that we play.
“He took his goal against Witton really well and there will be plenty more of them to come, we hope.
“We were very unlucky not to win Saturday’s game and I’ve never seen a team hit the woodwork as often as we did. But that’s football and it will even itself out.”
Centre half Rob Nugent is FC’s only doubt for the Guiseley game after he suffered a broken nose at Witton.
The admission prices for Saturday are £7.50 for adults, £5 for over-60s and £2 for under-18s.