RICHIE Wellens took tremendous pride in his players’ quick and decisive response to going a goal behind against Carlisle United at the County Ground this afternoon.

Jerry Yates, Zeki Fryers and Kainye Woolery got themselves on the scoresheet as Town recorded back-to-back victories to start the league season for the first time in 13 years.

Olufela Olomola put the visitors a goal to the good with 51 minutes played, but Yates and Fryers’ strikes were separated by 13 minutes of thrill-a-minute League Two football.

Both goals sparked SN1 into life, and lifted Wellens’ troops into the automatic promotion frame with two fixtures played - with the game ending 3-2.

Applauding his side’s determination under pressure, Wellens said: “We should’ve been – easily - three or four up.

“We were a bit unlucky when Doughty hit the crossbar (in the first half), but I can only think of one occasion when they (Carlisle) got into our box in the first half.

“It was a setback when Harry McKirdy completed an unbelievable run down the left, after that we had to see what our team is about.

“The response was quick – decisive. No one felt sorry for us, you looked at the players’ body language and it was full of passion.

“Fans can look at that team today and know they gave everything today. The team deserved three points.”

Fryers’ goal in particular might have surprised a Town fan or two.

But Wellens revealed he always knew the former Manchester United full-back had the upper hand in set-pieces while under the eye of 5’7” attacking midfielder Stefan Scougall.

And the tactical plan clearly paid off.

Wellens added: “We knew Stefan Scougall was marking Zeki (Fryers).

“We knew if Zeki got his run right from set-pieces then Stefan would have problems. That four different scorers from five goals, that’s healthy.”