Bourne RFC skipper Adam Binns says his side have exceeded all his expectations since their promotion last summer.
The club moved up from the Lincolnshire Merit league to the Midlands 4 East (South) at the midpoint of the season have won four of their first 11 games.
“There is always room for improvement but we are well above expectations,” said Binns.
“I can’t fault any of the players for effort.
“We have our superstars and they have done what they are meant to be doing. Ed Cooke, Jack Berry, Tom Dixon and a few others have high expectations but I’m really pleased with the forwards.
“They have all improved and given us a sound platform to play from.”
Bourne are keeping pace with a mid-table group of clubs and Binns added: “I think we want to be with the likes of Aylestone and Thorney by the end of the season.”
The second half of their fixtures begins tomorrow with a trip to Bedford Swifts and Binns is keen for his side to build on their solid start.
Bourne suffered a rare blip againstSt Ives on Saturday when they lost 66-0 but 2nd XV players Neil Oglesbee, who watched after the cancellation of his own team’s fixture said: “Bourne were not outclassed but made some silly mistakes.
“It was against one the top sides in our division and we have to focus on beating the teams around us.”
Binns added: “We have Swifts tomorrow and hopefully we’ll give them a good game.
“It’s another chance to show how much progress we have made this season.”