‘Old-fashioned hard work’ is the key to championship glory for Moulton Harrox, according to manager Dave Panton.
Ben Allen’s hat-trick helped to secure the title in style on Saturday.
Following a midweek defeat at Pinchbeck United, they still needed one point to be crowned champions in the ChromaSport & Trophies Peterborough and District League Premier Division.
Allen put them 2-0 up at half-time away to Stilton United and Harrox went on to claim a 5-1 victory.
Captain Billy King and substitute Daniel Lambe-Hyner were also on target to remain 20 points clear at the top of the table.
Panton said: “It’s a relief, to be honest.
I knew when we won 2-0 at Whittlesey Athletic a week before Christmas that it was a turning point because the performance was perfect. They are an exceptional team but I knew then that we could win the league.Dave Panton
“The lads have been superb all season and it was just a case of getting over the line.
“We are not used to losing so when we were beaten 2-1 at Pinchbeck last week we had to regroup because we had gone unbeaten so long into the season.
“Ben scored a cracking hat-trick and we got the job done.
“It all really comes down to old-fashioned hard work and a good pre-season.
“I’ve been very fortunate to take over a group of lads who have been at the club for a number of years.
“I’ve said all along that the style of the team was already there.
“They just needed one or two players who I brought in but the spine of the side was there.
“Billy was made captain and he has shown leadership plus motivation which has worked for us.
“I knew when we won 2-0 at Whittlesey Athletic a week before Christmas that it was a turning point because the performance was perfect.
“They are an exceptional team but I knew then that we could win the league.
“It was a big test for us and Whittlesey were very active on social media saying they wanted to be top of the table. Well, it’s one thing saying it and another to do it.
“We’ve had some huge results but we’ve picked up a lot of injuries so the lads will get a well-deserved rest now until the cup final against Pinchbeck on May 13.
“I’ll have a look at some of the reserves and youngsters in the next two games.
“Our job is done so I can be a bit selfish and hopefully use a rest to our advantage.”