LEE Duckworth’s intervention during the interval of Winsford United’s meeting with Cammell Laird helped change the course of the game.
Blues trailed to opponents that had failed to win any of their previous 32 matches this season in the North West Counties League’s top flight.
However they recovered afterwards to run out comfortable 6-1 victors.
The player-manager hopes to avoid a repeat when his side visit another struggler, New Mills, on Saturday, kick off 3pm He said: “At half-time we reminded the players what we expected from them.
“We’d let them frustrate us, and we were below-par.
“We adjusted our shape, and knew if we moved them around the pitch more they wouldn’t be able keep up a high tempo.”
It worked, and Winsford scored twice in 60 seconds –first through Steve Jenyons and then captain James Rothwell – to overturn the deficit.
Jordan Johnson then took over, scoring four times to increase his goal tally for the campaign to 18.
The Millers have won only three times this season, losing 12 of their past 13 Premier Division fixtures.
They also went down 3-1 at St Luke’s Barton Stadium in September.
Duckworth added: “They’re fighting for their lives, but they have some great players and we know they won’t make it easy.”
Kyle Riley and Sam Parr are both banned, while defender Will Foster (toe) is ruled out by injury.
However Danny Egan, Dale Jennings and Scott Taylor, missing on Monday, are all available again for selection.
Blues, victors in seven of their past nine league games, occupy ninth place in the table at kick off.