MARK Beesley was understandably happy with several aspects of his Warrington Town side’s performance as they won on the road on Saturday.

However, there was one particular moment he credited with being key in securing victory at Gloucester City – a “worldie” save made by goalkeeper Dan Atherton with the score at 1-0.

Connor Woods’ third-minute goal got Town off to a flier, with Josh Amis doubling the lead to put them in command of proceedings at the Tigerturf Stadium.

Gloucester threatened a comeback when Ben Beresford cut the deficit just after half time, but Beesley was pleased with how his side regained control and killed the game off thanks to Amis’ second goal, which wrapped up a 3-1 victory.

“It was a good performance from us today,” the Town boss said.

“We started the game with real intent, scored a good goal and at times I thought we played some really good stuff.

“We played through them, we played into Josh and we looked dangerous, but Dan makes a worldie save at 1-0 to keep us in it.

“We know how good he is and he can make those saves and it got us in at 2-0 at half time.

“I think it was a bit of an unlucky goal to concede – I’ve been critical of the goals we’ve been conceding but I think we were a bit unlucky there.

“It’s a bit of a ricochet – it’s a 50-50 and it ends up in the net, which happens but what I was pleased with was how we got composed again.

“We got ourselves back into the game, kept the ball and scored a good third goal. From then on, it was relatively straightforward.”

While Beresford’s goal denied Town a clean sheet, Beesley believes his side are vastly improved defensively due to intensive work on their shape without the ball.

As such, they can give a better platform for the likes of Amis, who now has three goals in four starts since returning from injury and suspension.

“Josh is our captain and is a leader for us,” Beesley said.

“If you put balls in the box for him, generally he will get on the end of them.

“We rushed him a bit last week with three games in a week – we didn’t want to do that and wouldn’t have done if Jordan Buckley wasn’t sick – but he’s had a full week’s training this week.

“He’s scored two good goals and led the line really well. He’s a big player for us and we need to make sure we keep him fit.

“We’ve defended much better as a team over the last seven or eight games. Out of possession, we’re doing well but we can still be better.

“It helps the back four out a lot and when they do get through, we’ve got a goalkeeper who can produce saves like that.

“As a team, we’ve worked so hard in training out of possession because there’s so many good teams and players at this level.

“We know we need to be good out of possession because we’ve got good players who can hurt teams.”