Ryan Wombwell hailed a brilliant atmosphere at Gateshead International Stadium after making his competitive debut in Monday’s win over Guiseley.
Two early efforts from Macaulay Langstaff sent Mike Williamson’s men in the driving seat, and a late strike from Bailey Thompson mattered little as The Heed made sure all three points remained on Tyneside.
Wombwell, who made his first start of the season on Monday, said: “I thought it was a good game.
“We were on top and dominated the possession in the first half.
“Macaulay has come up with two great goals to settle things, and we kept pressing away.
“It’s reassuring knowing the quality we have, especially when we can rely on our forwards to find the net.
“It turned into more of a battle in the second half, but the lads stuck together and saw it out.
“It was a solid performance all round and we probably could’ve even had a few more.”
The defender made his competitive debut for the club on Monday, starting at wing-back as Williamson opted to change to a back three in front of a home crowd.
“It was a nice game to be involved in,” he continued.
“The atmosphere was brilliant, especially in the last few minutes when we really needed them.
“You can feel the emotion, and it gives you those extra yards.
“Guiseley was a good test for me personally, so it’s excellent to get that win over the line.
“I loved it and hopefully I can get a few more games under my belt.“
The Heed will now travel to Southport on Saturday, before trips to Leamington and Kidderminster in the following week.
Wombwell says he is looking forward to the test, adding: “Three away games in a week is tough, but I’ll be a strong challenge.
“When we’re putting in performances like today, we’ve got what it takes to beat anyone.
“Journeys on the road will help the squad gel, which will only work in our favour.
“Fingers crossed we can keep rising up the table and building momentum.”