Barrow AFC manager Ian Evatt felt his players gave him the perfect response to dropping points in midweek, after they thrashed Maidenhead United 4-0 at York Road.

The Bluebirds produced another masterful display on their travels in Berkshire and could even argue the scoreline could have been even greater if they hadn’t have passed up some big chances when 1-0 ahead.

Nonetheless, once the second goal from Dior Angus did arrive after 54 minutes, AFC were ruthless as they racked up their biggest win since Evatt took charge in the summer of last year.

It all meant a week that began with them being surprisingly held at home by struggling Chorley finished with them three points clear at the top of the National League after fellow challengers Bromley and Yeovil drew with each other.

Evatt said: “We played very well today, I thought the reaction from Tuesday was excellent.

“The way we passed the ball, moved the ball quickly, everything we spoke about in the days after the Chorley game they’ve really taken on board.

“The way we built our attacks was very good and the only ‘downside’ was Dior probably missing three or four chances, which in tighter games could be decisive, but that’s nit-picking.

“To win 4-0 away from home and moan that it’s not eight is not really on, so we’ll have to take our congratulations today.”

Despite the Bluebirds being in such an exciting position halfway through their league campaign, Evatt believes there is still a lot more to come from them.

“This team is capable of so much more, even now” he said, adding: “I know that’s a big statement, but I see them day to day, I see how hard we work into putting the effort and analysis that goes into our performances.

“We pick out where and how we need to improve and the players buy into it and work their socks off.”