THERE were more positive vibes coming out of the Shawbury United camp this week as Saturday’s 3-0 win at Smethwick Rangers made it seven points in three games following a traumatic return to life in the West Midlands Regional League.

A short while ago, manager Dave Richards was appealing for calm heads as the club – relegated from the Midland Football League Premier Division – continued to plummet and a chronic shortage of players prompted the cancellation of a fixture.

But the recent return to form, and influx of signings, had assistant manager Stu Lewis this week stating: “We’ve turned a corner.”

Young Rhys Orchard – one of the players Richards and Lewis were forced to throw in from their youth team – hit two at Smethwick to take his tally to four in three matches, and a goal from Josh Garrington eased United to a win the Shawbury number two said appeared comfortable even before the hosts had a man sent off in the first half.

“We played well, and I think we’ve played well for the last three games now. Up until [the red card], I still thought there was only one team in it.

“We’ve got a few new lads who have come, with a few more in the next week and a half, potentially anyway. And the young lads are starting to bed in as well.”

United were due to host Wellington in the Premier Division League Cup last night and are at home to Malvern Town on Saturday.