ALEX Salmon was full of joy after registering his first win in charge of Basildon United.

Conor Tyrell scored what proved to be the only goal of the Isthmian North clash as the Bees sealed a 1-0 victory over Heybridge Swifts at the Aspen Waite Arena.

And Salmon, who was in the dugout for the second time since leaving Burnham Ramblers to replace interim player-manager Kris Newby in the hotseat, was pleased to see his game plan work as Basildon overcame the division’s table-toppers.

“I was super pleased with the win,” said Salmon, who has been installed as manager having also featured for the club during his playing career.

“The boys put a really good shift in and they needed to do that because we knew it would be a difficult afternoon.

“But, at the same time, we know we can beat anyone if we all give 100 per cent.

“I felt we fully deserved all three points. We made it horrible for Heybridge to play.

“Going into the game, we knew they play some good football and get the ball into Harrison Chatting, Evans Kouassi and Alex Teniola.

“It was a case of trying to cut off that supply line and making it really difficult for them to get in behind us.

“At the same time, we knew we had to take our chance when it came and we did that.

“We frustrated them and did really well throughout.

“The game plan worked really well and it was a fantastic win.”

Heybridge started the day top of the standings and having embarked on a three-match winning run.

The in-form hosts shaded a tight opening and Teniola was frustrated after his overhead kick clattered against the face of the crossbar.

Basildon responded with Adam Vyse also striking the woodwork with a powerful header.

Elliott Ronto came off the bench shortly after the hour mark and, with his first touch, the Swifts midfielder fired inches wide.

The miss proved costly as the Bees scored the only goal with 11 minutes remaining.

Heybridge goalkeeper Luca Collins made a fine low block to keep out a stabbed effort from Joe Paxman but, just three minutes after entering the fray as a substitute, Tyrell forced the rebound home.

And Salmon was pleased to see Tyrell make a telling impact.

“We know Conor’s qualities,” added Salmon.

“Billy Purdy had ran himself into the ground and we needed to make a change, so we got Conor onto the pitch because he was a fresh pair of legs and we wanted his energy.

“Conor gave us the energy we were looking for and it was great for him to get his first goal for the club.

“It was a fantastic moment for him on a personal level, but we know there is plenty more to come from him because he has a lot of qualities.”