Uppingham Town beat Leverington Sports in Peterborough League Premier Division clash
Uppingham Town's players are reaping the rewards of their efforts and commitment to the cause after continuing their unbeaten start to the Peterborough League season on Saturday.
Paul Sheehan's side are the only team in the Premier Division with an undefeated record after Saturday's four-goal home success over Leverington.
They have taken 10 points from their first four games and currently sit in third place ahead of this weekend's home clash with Netherton United.
Sheehan said: "We did very well again on Saturday and I'm pleased with how we have started the season.
"The attitude has been really good and we continue to keep working hard. We have looked quite strong in the first four games.
"We have looked solid at the back as well and, as a former defender, it's pleasing to see we've only conceded two goals so far.
"We know that there will be tougher tests throughout the season but we are playing well at the moment and we'll see how things pan out."
Town have been without injured striking talisman Rob Montgomery so far this campaign but Rob Forster has been playing down at the middle and netted another two goals on Saturday to take his tally to seven in four outings.
He is top of the early season Premier Division leading scorers chart and came close to opening the scoring after Town made a bright start on Saturday with a shot from the edge of the box that went narrowly wide.
Robbie Pearce had earlier brought a good save out of the Leverington goalkeeper before Town hit the front midway through the first half.
Josh Sennett's cross to the back post saw Forster nip in ahead of the Leverington goalkeeper and head his side in front.
Town then netted a quick-fire double towards the end of the first half to put them in control of the contest.
Callum O'Berg fired home a free-kick from distance to double their advantage before he turned provider to tee up Forster to side-foot home after a flowing Uppingham move.
Both sides struggled to gain any momentum at the start of the second period but, as the half wore, Town continued to create the better chances.
Forster was denied his hat-trick by the upright after rounding the keeper while O'Berg and Sennett were both thwarted by fine saves from the Leverington custodian.
The win was sealed with a fourth goal with 20 minutes remaining as O'Berg broke clear before squaring to Will Thomas who tapped home.
Sheehan added: "I was pleased with the performance. I have told the players that it's up to us to set the tempo in games and they have done that.
"They have been training hard and worked well in pre-season and, as we get more players returning to the squad, there will be competition for places as well."