PICKERING Town manager Denny Ingram has admitted recent results mean the table "is nicer viewing" - but insists he is not resting on his laurels yet.

Although the Pikes remain at the foot of the Northern Premier League north/west division, two wins from their last three outings put them just three points off 15th spot.

Most recently, Pickering triumphed 3-2 at Mill Lane against Colne, thanks to Jackson Jowett's early goal and a brace for Iwan Heeley.

This is a much-needed upturn in form for Pickering, who, prior to the 2-1 League Cup win over Whitby Town three weeks ago, had won just three times since the start of term.

And Ingram is optimistic, but not getting carried away.

On the Pikes' improved standing, he said: "It's nicer viewing but we're still where we are, at the foot of the table.

"Until we move further up and get into a better position than where we're at at the moment, nothing is taken for granted.

"You don't make a season winning three of your last four, but if we continue this form we should be more than comfortable come the end of the season.

"The question mark is can we sustain this and put in repeated performances?

"We were unlucky Prescot - we lost 1-0 due to a lapse in concentration.

"Overall, I'm happy with the performances, but we need to sort out our away form.

"With what we've got in the dressing room, I'm confident we've got more than enough to win at home - but we need to start picking up points away from home.

"If we can turn that side around, the home form will take care of itself and we'll be comfortable."

Coming up at the weekend is a real test for Pickering in the form of a visit from table-toppers Workington.

With their last two league wins having come against Colne and Dunston - 16th and 15th in the table, respectively - Ingram is keen to find out how his side stack up to the division's top sides.

The Cumbrian outfit have not been defeated in the league since September, with two losses on the road.

Ingram said: "I'm looking forward to it. It gives us a good indication of where we are with regards to our improvement.

"Going back to the start of the season, we got beat 4-1, but as daft as it sounds, we should have got something.

"They will have improved since - we certainly have.

"It will be a good test - I'm looking forward to Marske and Taddy as well. They're up there and will be in contention. It will be a good yardstick of where we're at.

"We've had a couple of good results," he added. "With our recent form, we seem to have turned a corner.

"I've believed all along the boys we've brought in need to grow in confidence, and the additions we've made the last couple of weeks have given us the impetus to kick on.

"We've found a system and a style of play that suits us and the boys have bought into that.

"The positive results that have come over the last four games have been very pleasing."

Asked if he could attribute the improved form to anything in particular, Ingram named the Pikes' recent recruits, with former Brighouse Town man Heeley coming in for particular praise.

Heeley's double on Saturday comprised an excellent free kick and a penalty.

Ingram said: "It's a big one having the likes of Alex Laird. Sonny Ferguson has been a breath of fresh air. Elliot Holmes in midfield has brought energy and quality.

"A big part of how we've played and been successful has been the arrival of Iwan Heeley.

"He brings experience and a great deal of quality, knowing what's expected and what's needed in certain areas. I can't speak highly enough of him.

"He's 27, which is a really good age for non-league football. He's got experience and he's still very fit. The quality he possesses is second to none.

"We've come up against him before at Brighouse and as soon as he was available for transfer, it took me about 30 seconds to get on the phone.

"He's a massive influence in what we've been doing in the last five games."

Joel Dixon is suspended for the weekend, having picked up a red card at Prescot, and Alex Laird will be absent, while Danny Earl has family commitments until the new year.

Dan Davison is back in contention for the weekend, though, and George Bissett continues to get closer to a return.