Spalding United chief Pat Rayment admitted that he couldn’t have asked for more from his side at Tattershall Road on Tuesday night.
Goals from Jake Gibson, Sam Mullarkey and Nathan Stainfield powered the Tulips to a 3-0 derby victory over Lincolnshire rivals Boston Town, sending them second in the early standings.
A 3-3 UCL Premier Division draw at the home of the Poachers almost exactly a year to the day had the Spalding supremo lost for words at his team’s shocking defending.
But there was no repeat of that this year, with the visitors very much in the ascendency.
He said: “They huffed and they puffed, but never really troubled us at all.
“We could have scored a hatful, but what is more important is that we looked incredibly solid.
“Boston couldn’t have had any complaints if we’d have scored five or six, either.
“I couldn’t really be happier with the start we’ve made, I think we’re in a much, much better place this season.
“The strength in depth is something that will win us games. We have no weak links – to be able to bring on Jamie Stevens as a sub and leave Andrew Tidswell on the bench says it all.
“Lee Beeson and Jake Gibson were tremendous on the wings and Tony Battersby is playing like a young kid up front. His hold up play was superb.
“Things are shaping up nicely, but there’s a long way to go.”
Rayment also added that winger Gibson has signed a contract with the club after his super start to the season.