Oakham United made it 11 goals in two games and back-to-back wins with a comfortable 4-1 victory at home to Leverington on Saturday.
Striker Alex Brockbank scored Oakham’s first two goals to take his tally to five in two matches and Robbie Dance made it 3-0 before half-time with his first strike for the club.
Skipper Eddie McDonald made it four after the break with Leverington pulling back what was nothing more than a consolation when the ball went in off Dance’s face at a corner.
Joint boss Pat Johnson admitted he’d expected a greater challenge from a team that had become a bogey side for Oakham in recent years.
“They were physical but nothing that we could not handle,” said Johnson. “We played quite well especially without so many people.”
Stu Lambie, Craig Welbourn and top scorer Nathan Arkle were all missing and United’s re-jigged side featured Will Lee as centre back for the first time, and former Rutland Ranger and Blackstones winger Robbie Pearce in his first full 90 minutes since returning.
Pearce had a hand in all three Oakham goals, teeing up Brockbank for his brace, and Dance for a close-range finish.
McDonald’s goal was more individual effort, collecting a lose ball and drawing the goalkeeper out before slotting the ball home.
United now have three away games on the trot, starting with Coates Athletic on Saturday.
Lambie, Welbourn and Arkle are all expected to be available for selection on Saturday providing Oakham’s management with a selection headache.
Recent alterations to the Peterborough and District League have also thrown up a fascinating final match of the year for Oakham - away at Uppingham Town on April 17.
Uppingham trail Oakham by four points but have two games in hand so the Rutlanders’ final standings could depend heavily on the derby game.
Oakham: Shane Hicks, Tom Bain, Will Lee (Adam Clarke), Jamie Forbes, James Dalby, Robbie Dance, Eddie McDonald, Steve Smith, Anthony Wells, Robbie Pearce, Alex Brockbank.