FC Isle of Man came from a goal down to beat Brocton 2-1 in the Manx club’s first home match since it embarked on its maiden North West Counties League campaign in July.
The Staffordshire visitors took the lead with less than a minute played in the Division One South encounter when Ben Haddaway bundled in at a corner.
Chris Bass Sr’s Ravens battled back, but couldn’t find a way past the away side’s stubborn defence and inspired goalkeeper Tony Allsopp until the hour mark.
Step forward skipper Jack McVey who thumped home a header at a corner to restore parity to Saturday evening’s encounter at the Bowl.
The Ravens piled on the pressure as they went in search of a winner in front of a partisan home crowd of more than 1,600.
This came in the 71st minute when Luke Murray’s crisp, low strike from the edge of the area squeezed past Allsopp and in off a post.
Brocton nearly grabbed an equaliser to spoil the party inside the last few minutes, but Ravens’ keeper Matthew Quirk smartly denied Brocton striker Regan Smith at his near post.
The win keeps FC IoM within three points of the division’s play-off places ahead of another busy week, which sees them away to bottom side St Martin’s on Tuesday and home to Stafford Town on Saturday evening.
Full report and reaction in Tuesday’s Examiner.