WES Parker hailed the Wealdstone fans as the team’s 12th man following their victory over Harrow on Tuesday night.
The 4-2 win at Earlsmead was the former Grimsby Town defender’s first taste of the Harrow derby, and he claimed he had never known a situation in similar matches with the likes of Gainsborough and Boston, where the away side felt they were playing at home because of the vocal support from the terraces.
He said: "To be fair, our supporters made it like a home game - they were absolutely fantastic.
"When you go away in a derby it is usually the home crowd who drown out yours, but there is nothing to describe these fans - I’ve never seen anything like it in the non-league.
"We outnumbered their fans too. You just had to look down and it was all blue."
The 26-year-old was one of a number of derby-day virgins in Gordon Bartlett’s line-up. He admitted skipper Lee Chappell had left the uninitiated in no doubt as to what the game meant for Stones players and fans.
Chappell led by example, scoring one and earning another by being brought down for Stones’ second penalty of the night.
Parker conceded the captain is the team’s chief motivator, whoever the opposition.
He added: "Chaps loves it, doesn’t he? He’s had plenty to say about these guys and all it can do is motivate you.
"He gives it to us in training as well. It’s a good job he put his chance away because if he had shanked it we would have had plenty to say to him as well."