Phil Parkinson claimed his Altrincham players “answered a few question marks” after a hard-fought 1-0 win at Boreham Wood lifted them back into the play-off places and set the scene for Saturday’s massive home game with promotion rivals Gateshead.

The Robins effectively banished the memory of their recent losing run as they withstood an early bombardment to make it three wins from four matches with a second-half goal from Chris Conn-Clarke, his 20th of the season.

Parkinson’s sixth-placed side face another stern test of their play-off credentials on Saturday against a Gateshead team who are just one point behind them with a game in hand, but the Robins boss feels they are in perfect shape to meet the challenge head-on after a disciplined display in Hertfordshire.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the outcome against a team who are especially difficult to beat at home, and I believe we have answered a few question marks with this win,” he said.

“That is the biggest onslaught we have faced in the opening stages of a match, and Ethan Ross had some important saves to make.

“It was outstanding by the whole team. I was confident about our prospects at half time, after we finished the first half so strongly, and in the end, we were worthy winners.

“Chris contributes to a team that works very hard to deliver chances for him and for others as well. It’s not a one-man show, but every team will have a player who stands out above the rest, and for us this season, it’s Chris.

“There will be more tricky challenges ahead and even more twists and turns. To our fans, I would say don’t get carried away. Just enjoy the moment and enjoy the ride, and who knows where it will take us? We are certainly pushing for that promotion spot.”

Former Birmingham City midfielder Mitch Hancox went on as a late substitute after signing from York City, and Parkinson added: “You are talking about leadership, character and experience with Mitch - he has been there and done it.”