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PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:21 05 July 2010

FROM two very difficult games against two strong, quality sides we have picked up six points out of six.

We are now top of the league, and after another great week for us you can't ask for more than that.

FROM two very difficult games against two strong, quality sides we have picked up six points out of six.

We are now top of the league, and after another great week for us you can't ask for more than that.

The lads have answered a lot of questions this week. Going to Stanway, which is a really difficult place to go and get a result was fantastic as they are a very big, strong physical side who will beat a lot of teams this season.

We had to battle to grind out anything from the game, and all credit to the boys - we could not play free flowing football but we showed the quality we have got to get a result.

Jamie Godbold scored a quality goal, after finishing off a three-man-move, and everyone stuck together, worked hard and we thoroughly deserved a hard-earned three points. This was a big result for us and we were very proud of all the boys.

Tuesday was obviously a massive game against a Leiston side who had won ten out of ten in the league and cup, and have been scoring for fun. We knew it was going to be a tough game, but we started really brightly and were on the front foot.

But then they had their keeper sent off and that seemed to unsettle us a bit. We started to play into their hands, as they played 4-4-1 and got men behind the ball leading to us playing the long ball and not capitalising on the extra man.

They took the lead after a mistake gifted them control, but all credit to the boys we equalised on the stroke of half time and that was a really good time to strike.

At half time we gave the boys a bit of a gee-up, and in the second half it was end to end as we worked hard to break down a good side. We put Ross King on with 15 minutes to go and then five minutes from time he scored an absolutely top drawer goal - it was a quality finish from a quality player - and this gave us the three points against a previously-unbeaten side.

We are well pleased with the lads and while we may not be playing the type of football we are capable of in every game, we are still getting the results. We know the quality we have got in the side, and this week we've shown another side to our game in that we can mix it with sides as we stuck together and ground out results.

It's great to be top and it has been a fantastic start, but you don't win anything for being top in September.

To have nearly 700 fans there on Tuesday was awesome. The supporters are coming out in force and long may it continue. I've said before, these are the best supporters in our league and at this level in the country - and even teams two levels higher than us don't attract the crowds we do.

We know Felixstowe have had a bit of and up and down start, but just because of that and us being at home it doesn't mean we can take anything for granted - football is a funny old game, and if we are not right they could hurt us.

Matty Potter will be out for a few more weeks, while Neil Plaskett is still struggling with a groin injury and Gary McGee will out for the rest of the week with strained ankle ligaments. Dale Cockrill suffered a facial injury in Tuesday's game, but the good news is that he hasn't fractured anything.

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