Having shared the television spotlight with his mate Jamie Menagh, affable wideman Craig Mahon now wants to kick on and cement a starting spot with the Blues.

Mahon, 24, has been a bit-part player this season, starting only eight times and being farmed out to AFC Fylde on loan.

But his man of the match performance in the 2-1 win over FC Halifax Town live on BT Sport demonstrated his qualities.

Fleet-footed and direct, Mahon opened the scoring and troubled the Shaymen throughout before making way for match-winner Menagh.

“As a winger you are there to create chances and to score goals and I created a few chances and got myself a goal so I was happy with my contribution,” said Mahon, who made the switch from Skrill North outfit Vauxhall Motors in the summer.

“The gaffer told me he wanted me to show what I could do and I’d like to think I did that.

“Obviously I want to start week in, week out and now it’s up to me to keep putting in good performances and keep my place in the team.”

With the Blues  a goal to the good and the Shaymen labouring, Mahon made way for Menagh with three minutes left.

Like most inside the Swansway Chester Stadium, the diminutive winger was crestfallen when the visitors grabbed an undeserved equaliser deep into stoppage time.

But his replacement Menagh then made himself a hero, pouncing on hesitant defending to prod home the winning goal and send the home fans into ecstasy.

“Jamie and myself are good mates so I was more than happy when he scored,” said Mahon.

“When they scored so late it felt like the end of the world because we had worked so hard all game.

“But then we went and got the winner and I nearly broke my head banging it on the dugout when I was jumping up.

“Our fans have been unbelievable all season and the atmosphere was fantastic so it was great to get the win for them.”

Dublin-born Mahon started his career with Lourdes Celtic before crossing the Irish Sea to join Wigan Athletic.

He had a loan spell with Accrington Stanley but dropped into non-league with Salford City and Burscough before linking up with Motors in 2010.

Mahon spent three seasons at Rivacre Park, scoring nine goals in 133 games, and holds fond memories of his time with the Motormen and his former manager Carl Macauley.

“Every week I always check out how they have got on and I owe Vauxhall and Carl a lot,” he said.

“They gave me three brilliant years and I would never have a bad word said about them because it’s a brilliant little football club.”

Having taken a little time to adjust to the rigours of non-league’s top tier, Mahon has now turned his attention to keeping the Blues in the Skrill Premier.

He hopes his display in front of the BT Sport cameras will be enough to retain his place in the starting line-up at Lincoln City on Saturday (3pm).

“It's a massive game but to be honest I think every game is massive now,” said Mahon.

“We’re in a relegation fight and there's no getting away from that so every game is going to be like a cup final and we have to have that attitude

“All of the lads that are at the football club are working really hard for each other and there is a very good bond here.

“It's no good us worrying about what the teams around us are doing, we’ve got to keep working hard and win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season.”