Pinchbeck United score five goals in home victory against Newark FC in the United Counties League Premier Division North
Enoch Opayinka hit a fantastic four-goal haul as Pinchbeck United produced a five-star performance on Saturday.
The 17-year-old formed a lethal partnership with Warren Hebblethwaite on his maiden start for the first team as the Knights defeated an experienced Newark FC side 5-2 in the United Counties League Premier Division North.
It's now seven points from their last three games for the Knights who, after two seasons at the wrong end of the standings, are now in ninth place under the management of Lewis Thorogood who was full of praise for his players after Saturday's success.
He said: "I am really pleased. It was a very good performance from everybody against a side full of household names.
"Enoch was fantastic and Warren was superb with three assists on his starting debut while the likes of Jack Fixter, Dan Worthington and Neal Spafford have brought experience to the table.
"I was really proud of everyone's efforts and it does show how far we have come and I hope it will make some teams stand up and realise that we're no longer here to make up the numbers but we're here to compete.
"It is progress and hopefully we can get keep the momentum rolling but we can't be getting carried away because we're only six games into a long season."
A stunning start helped set Pinchbeck on their way to victory as they scored four goals in the opening 45 minutes.
They broke the deadlock after just two minutes of the contest at the Sir Halley Stewart ground as Opayinka was fouled in the box and picked himself up to convert the resultant penalty.
The Knights then doubled their lead three minutes later when Hebblethwaite won possession before freeing Haydn Havard to apply a fine finish.
Home goalkeeper Alex Smith made a crucial save to prevent Newark halving the deficit before Pinchbeck netted their third goal after 19 minutes.
Hebblethwaite was again the provider as his perfectly-timed chipped pass set Opayinka free to race clear and round the keeper before slotting home.
A fourth goal followed just past the half-hour mark as Opayinka completed his hat-trick after Hebblethwaite and Havard had caused more problems for the Newark rearguard.
Smith made another fine save just before the break to ensure Pinchbeck held their four-goal advantage at half-time.
They continued to pour forward after the restart with Opayinka rattling the post with a shot before his fourth and Pinchbeck's fifth goal arrived after 51 minutes.
Hebblethwaite - who had been promoted from within the club's ranks for his maiden first team start - was again the architect of the goal which Opayinka finished off.
The Knights then let their concentration briefly slip as Newark scored two goals in as many minutes to reduce the deficit through Nathan Smith and Danny Meadows.
However, Newark's Will Rawdon was then red-carded in the latter stages as Pinchbeck saw out the final exchanges to sink a strong visiting squad which included former Spalding players Jamie Jackson and Kern Miller as well as Stamford loanees Dec O'Hare and James Snedden.
Boss Thorogood added: "The boys had two options before the game - they could have looked at their teamsheet and thought that we're not going win or go out and play their own game and believe in themselves.
"They took option two and earned the right to get the result. The momentum and confidence is there now so hopefully we can push on which is what matters."
Pinchbeck: Smith, Stevens, Gagyi, Worthington, Fixter, Spafford, Peasgood, Johnson, Hebblethwaite (Machin), Havard (Moss), Opayinka (Taylor). Sub not used: Knight.