Forget strugglers Chester winning down the road at Woking, or Dartford surprising Kidderminster, Andy Scott is looking in one direction only – and that’s up.
The Aldershot Town boss saw his vastly-improved side turn on the style to sting the Bees of Barnet for their first away success in three months at The Hive on Tuesday night.
And now the Shots boss is feeling comfortable in the knowledge that many more performances of that ilk will ensure any Skrill Premier relegation fears are wiped out sooner rather than later.
Two stunning second-half strikes from Mark Molesley and Bradley Bubb - the latter's first goal back in a Shots’ shirt – brought home the points from a first-ever visit to the Bees’ swanky new home, after Jordan Roberts’ fortuitous third-minute opener was cancelled out by Barnet’s Mauro Vilhete just before half time.
Understandably, it was a performance to leave the manager and the 323 delirious travelling supporters purring – and now Scott believes it can provide a platform in his quest to catch the likes of rivals Woking and help the club ease their way out of trouble at the foot of the table.
“We are creeping closer towards other teams now,” Scott said. “We are just three points behind Lincoln and we have Woking in our sights, we can catch those teams now, we know that.
“We’ve got to play those teams so it’s really encouraging that we can come to a place like this and perform like that, now we've got to back it up with another one against Halifax on Saturday.
“We are a different team now than we were in October/November. We look like an organised group who can score goals and a team who want to play together.”
'Really good shift'
Scott also admitted his side went out to take advantage of a Barnet side in disarray following the resignation of high-profile manager Edgar Davids on Saturday.
“There was a lot of uncertainty and negativity here and we felt we could exploit that,” he added.
“We wanted to come out and show them that we knew we could win the game. To a man, everyone put a really good shift in. It was a dominant performance.”
While Davids was clearing his desk after a 2-1 defeat at Chester, the Shots were making the most of their weather-enforced rest at the weekend – and it did not take long for those fresh legs to take full effect.
Glenn Morris’ long punt upfield was neatly controlled by Brett Williams and sprayed out wide to Roberts, who beat his man and his cross-cum-shot looped over keeper Nicky Jupp and nestled inside the far post.
The Shots should have made it two from the very same scenario on 18 minutes – Williams this time screwing his effort wide, while Bubb charged down David Stephens’ clearance only for the ball to trickle the wrong side of the post.
Barnet, though, could only get better and did, and just when it looked like Shots would go in at the break with the advantage, the home side made their pressure tell.
A free kick into the box was half cleared to Vilhete and the midfielder struck a fine effort from 20 yards beyond the out-stretched Morris.
Buoyed by their rousing half-time team talk, Shots came out firing after the break and in the exact same time as they took to break the deadlock in the first half, they struck in the second – and what a goal it was.
Latching onto a ball from Martin Rowlands, Bubb’s electric pace down the left channel left Stephens for dead and the striker coolly side-footed an effort into the far corner.
But if that was good, better was yet to come. Seven minutes later, the energetic Molesley picked up the ball 20 yards out, turned inside and bent a sweet left-foot shot past a despairing Jupp and into the corner. Cue more fans’ mayhem.
Roberts came within a whisker of making it four with a free kick which deflected just over while Josh Scott, on as a substitute, was denied a debut goal by a brave save from Jupp, again after good work by Roberts.
Shell-shocked Barnet rarely broke through but when they did they could not find a way past Morris, who after keeping out half chances from substitutes Harry Crawford and Jon Nurse, capped another fine individual display with a brilliant one-handed save to deny Jake Hyde’s overhead kick from the edge of the box.
Now that’s what you call a complete team performance.
ALDERSHOT: Morris, Gibbs, Oastler, Partington, Barker, Molesley, Stanley, Rowlands (Oyeleke 74), Roberts, Bubb (Scott 64), B Williams. Subs: L Williams, Tonkin. Ref: Justin Amey. Att: 1,387 (323).