Darlington manager Steve Watson has told his players that Saturday’s win was “just the start” of their fight against relegation.

Second-bottom Quakers secured only their second home win of the season – and their sixth in the league total – when they beat play-off hopefuls Hereford 2-0, with goals by Ben Liddle and Matty Cornish.

But the manner of the performance was impressive too, arguably their best since winning 5-2 at Scarborough 12 months ago.

They go to Banbury tonight looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

If they can achieve that – it would be Watson’s third win in five games in charge – then they will be just four points away from safety.

“I told the lads after Saturday’s game that that victory was just the start,” he said.

“It’s got to be the start of a run of really positive results over the next few weeks.

“We created enough chances to have won the game last Saturday well before we did, but at least that’s a step forward. We had five or six good chances; it was only a couple of weeks ago that we were talking about not having a shot on goal.”

Darlington had scored just once in their previous six matches before Saturday, but Cedric Main’s arrival helped them score twice. Defensively, keeper Tommy Taylor kept his second clean sheet in four matches under Watson.

“We must go to Banbury believing that we can win another game,” said Watson. “It’s a long way to go, but that’s why we have a squad of players. Everyone is going to be needed over the next few games.”

Striker Akwasi Asante and Andrew Nelson, plus midfielder Liddle will all have fitness tests, but almost definitely out is defender Scott Barrow, who is suffering from food poisoning.

This will be the third attempt to play the game at the Banbury Community Stadium this season, as the game has already been postponed twice because of a waterlogged pitch. The ground is next to a river, which tends to burst its banks in bad weather.

Quakers visited twice last season, on the second occasion drawing 0-0 after the first game was postponed half an hour before kick-off because of a frozen pitch.

Like Darlington, Banbury have a poor home record, and last Tuesday after their defeat by Gloucester sacked their manager Mark Jones. The team bounced back by beating Scarborough on Saturday for their third home win of the season.