PRESTATYN Town’s sensational victory over derby rivals Rhyl is a sign of just how far the club has come after a difficult few months for all involved.

To say it has been a turbulent 12 months at the Motion Finance Stadium would be something of an understatement, with the Seasiders’ relegated from the JD Welsh Premier League, parting ways with three managers and undergoing an ownership change during that time.

Their brief stint in the Huws Gray Alliance was something of a disappointing one, but since the return of Neil Gibson they are now finally moving in the right direction which bodes well not only for their fortunes for the remainder of the season, but their chances of a possible title push next time around.

Gibson knows exactly what makes this club tick, having enjoyed so much success during his first spell as a player and then a manager, but he will be the first to admit that getting back amongst the second-tier elite is arguably the biggest challenge he has ever faced in his career to date.

That being said there is a now a great deal of quality littered within the squad to match the team spirit shown throughout the campaign under Ryan Turner and the departed Leon Field, so Town are going to be a stern proposition for anyone to overcome during their remaining fixtures.

Their performance against Rhyl was everything you would want from a team in a derby. They were resolute at the back during difficult spells, made their chances count when it matters and to a man, they all pulled in the same direction and gave maximum effort to seal their objective on a memorable day for everyone associated with the Seasiders.

Players such as Ian Griffiths and Ben Maher have been hugely impressive on their return to the fold, and the likes of Danny Davies, Warren Adam and skipper Alex Jones all have the quality to hurt teams every time they get into the final third.

Some thing that Gibson will know is imperative from a team point of view is that they do not view their win at the Lilies’ as a case of mission accomplished in terms of this season. They will not want to get dragged back into a relegation fight and must remain focused on each and every game to give them a solid foundation from which to build during the summer.

With a larger budget available courtesy of the new owners, it would be surprising if Gibson did not use his vast contacts to put together a squad that is more than capable of challenging for honours once again.

It is just a start in the grand scheme of things, but the confidence a result like their one over Rhyl cannot be underestimated and if they were turn over Porthmadog on home soil this weekend, it would further enhance the morale of a club that have enjoyed their fair share of torrid moments throughout the year.

Nobody at the Seasiders can say that the last 12 months have been boring, but there is now a genuine cause for optimism thanks to the sterling work done by Gibson, Turner and the ever-improving playing staff.