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'It was a great night ... but the job isn't done' warns Cox

Sam Cox was proud as punch to lead the team to a barnstorming win over Dorking Wanderers on Thursday night – but warned the job isn't over yet.

The Stones came from two goals down to win 4-2 with four goals in 20 riotous minutes on one of the great nights at The Vale.

The win was the team's first in seven games and first at home since the end of January. It moved the club up to 19th, three points clear of safety with three games to play.

"The heart rate was all over the place," said Cox, the interim manager. "That game will be one to savour in the heart of the fans. I can't commend the boys enough. They left their heart and soul on the pitch and that's all I asked. We put everything on the line.

"It was really disappointing to go one down. And then their second was fortunate. I wanted to try to get them to stay calm and stick to the game plan. We had half-an-hour left. All credit to the players and the staff. It hasn't been easy but they all stuck together."

The Stones host Chesterfield on Saturday, Eastleigh on Tuesday and then travel to Oldham on the final day.

"The job isn't over but let's enjoy this moment. Momentum and confidence is everything. I'm so proud of all the boys. It was a great moment. We need to use this emotion and take it into Saturday."

Mason Barrett sparked the comeback with his first goal for the club.

"It's difficult to put into the words the feeling," said the defender. To go two goals down was a horrible feeling. It felt like nothing was going our way but it shows the character of the boys to come back and get the win. We create so many chances that one of them had to go in. We just needed to take one and go from there.

"The spirt in changing room is unbelievable. We are really together and it showed."

Dorking boss Marc White was really magnanimous in defeat and applauded the home fans as he walked down the tunnel.

"We set up in a way to contain Wealdstone," he said. "We looked relatively comfortable and we shouldn't lose the game of football when two-nil up. Wealdstone are infamous for kicking towards their fans and the minute that first goal went in we needed composure. We essentially capitulated. I'm bitterly disappointed."

*Pictures by Sean Troup

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