MELKSHAM Town made it two 2-1 Southern League Division One South wins in three days after a pair of victories against Mangotsfield United and Bideford over the course of Saturday and Monday, writes JONATHAN LEIGHFIELD.

Neikell Plumber and Jon Davies bagged the goals that secured the away win at Mangotsfield before an action-packed Monday night at the InfiLED Arena saw Kieran Baggs’ men make it six points from six.

Bideford took the lead early on before a red card for the visitors threatened to swing momentum back towards Melksham prior to half-time.

A double from defender Ollie Webb in the second half turned the game on its head and Melksham won their second game in a row.

After a run of two wins in nine games, Melksham have reversed their fortunes to claim 12 points from 18, and Baggs says his players are enjoying the freedom of having achieved their pre-season target.

He said: “We’re not getting too carried away when we win, and we’ve not been getting too down when we’ve been dropping points – that’s been a continued theme.

“It keeps the boys honest and it keeps us in the hunt to maybe cause an upset and get into that final play-off place.

“The boys can go out there with no pressure on their shoulders and enjoy the rest of the season.

“During December, when we’d gone on that long unbeaten run, I think a few people might have got a little bit carried away and we were the cause of our own downfall after that.

“But now, we’re way above our station in terms of what was expected of us at the start of the season, so the changing room is a good place to be at the moment. The atmosphere is good and it’s a nice place to be playing football.

“If we can continue to keep playing well and pick up that final (play-off) spot, then brilliant. If not, then we’ll look to prepare for next season.”

Melksham will look to continue their good run on Saturday when they play Thatcham Town, the side that knocked them out of the 2017/18 FA Vase at the quarter-final stage.

After Melksham exacted their revenge earlier in the season with a 3-0 win, Baggs believes Thatcham’s visit to the InfiLED Arena will be a much more serene affair.

He said: “We’ve met them a few times recently – the most memorable one was when they knocked us out of the FA Vase – but this will be the first time they’ve travelled to our place in the Southern League.

“The actual game itself has never been that heated between the two sets of players – I’m hoping for a good game and one that the fans can enjoy this time.”