Marc Newsham was a happy man after finally putting his Altrincham nightmares behind him.... but now he wants to do the same at Solihull Moors.
Newsham is the only member of the Pilgrims’ squad to feature in the club’s previous two hammerings at Moss Lane, 6-1 and 7-1 defeats.
But back from injury and on as a substitute in last night’s 0-0 draw, he feels that a ghost has been laid to rest.
“That’s a good result for us. I’ve been here the past couple of seasons and it’s been horrific - a 6-1 and a 7-1,” the striker told The Standard.
“We were conscious of that before the game, but these are strong at home and we need to pick up as many points as we can before the end of the season.
“On reflection it was a good point. It’s not nice coming to places and getting beat so maybe we have exorcised some demons.”
Although Alty bossed the possession, it was the Pilgrims who created the better chances on the night, something which pleased Newsham.
He aded: “We’ve made York Street a fortress but we’re not always doing that away from home. So it’s good to pick up a point against one of our rivals.
“At times they had chances but in the second half we had a couple of good chances.
“It’s perhaps one of our best all-round away performances because we had to dig in, show grit and be dogged.”
Now, after two clean sheets in the space of four days, the 21-goal hotshot is calling for more of the same as the Pilgrims travel to face another bogey team, Solihull Moors, this weekend.
Since Newsham joined United, all three of the side’s matches at Damson Park have ended in 1-0 defeats.
“I think we’ve lost 1-0 every time over the last few seasons, but we want to turn that around,” Newsham said.
“The lads are confident and we’ll take that into Saturday.
“It could well be squad rotation until the end of the season but I’m looking forward to Saturday and hopefully we can get a win.”
Kick off will be at 3pm.