“That was exactly what that moment called for,” were the words of Notts County boss Luke Williams about the importance of two players in their latest win against Chesterfield at the weekend.

The Magpies returned to the top of the National League following Wrexham’s win over Wealdstone earlier in the day, with Adam Chicksen’s second half strike sending the title race taking yet another turn in this remarkable campaign.

The Zimbabwean’s ninth goal of the season sparked huge celebrations in front of the traveling 1,961 Notts fans at Technique Stadium, but the experience of Connell Rawlinson and John Bostock stood out as a pivotal moment in earning another three vital points away from home.

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When Chicksen scored Aaron Nemane’s low drive into the box, emotions ran high given the importance and timing of the eventual winner coming just eight minutes after Jeff King saw red for a second bookable late-tackling offense on Cedwyn Scott in midfield.

But after the celebrations, both Rawlinson’s and Bostock’s experience prevailed, encouraging their teammates to regain their composure and focus with 19 minutes of regulation time remaining.

And the Notts coach was quick to assess the importance of that experience, explaining that before signing Bostock last December, his personality and knowing how to manage this type of situation was another aspect of his game valued along with his evident quality with the ball.

“We talked a lot about John when he signed here and one of the things we highlighted was the added value you get with a player of his experience and the personality he has,” he said.

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