Brady Stone has been left pleasantly surprised by the consistent form his Ely City team have shown this season, writes Liam Apicella.
The third-placed Robins remain on course for an instant return to the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.
However, having assembled such an inexperienced squad in the summer, Stone conceded that he did not expect as many positive results.
“We’re ahead of schedule, I don’t think there is any doubt about that,” he said.
“The only worry I had last summer when putting together the squad was consistency.
“It’s hard to find for any footballer, especially youngsters, but our lads have been brilliant.”
Ely will look to extend their winning run to four matches on Saturday (3pm) when they travel to a Needham Market Reserves side that have won just three times all season.
Nevertheless, Stone has stressed that having experienced relegation last term, there is no chance his men will underestimate the strugglers.
“We had it last year when we didn’t win for 13 games. Teams don’t want to be the first to lose to you,” he added.
“Our lads have been there and they appreciate you have to scrap and fight for results,
“To be fair to Needham, they also played some good football when we beat them before Christmas so we won’t be taking them lightly.”