Lichfield City continued their unbeaten start to the league campaign with a convincing 4-0 home win over Tividale on Saturday afternoon.
A first-half brace from Jack Edwards set the hosts on their way before a Max Dixon strike and a Dan Lomas penalty secured the points.
Reflecting on another victory, City manager Ivor Green said: “We’re obviously delighted, but in fairness they [the players] work hard. In pre-season we set ourselves up to be a positive, attacking, front-footed football team.
“We’ve brought in the right type of players that we believe can do that but the work ethic is the biggest factor. Off the ball we work really hard and we’re making it difficult for teams to play against us.
“On the back of that, if we work hard then we will get to play our football and do the things that we’re really good at. So at the moment, I’m got to be over the moon.
“We’ve had a tough run to be fair, our last few games have been against all the teams up there and what we’ve done is concentrated on ourselves. That’s been a big factor. You can talk about where teams are but we tend to focus on ourselves. But yeah, if you’re playing teams in and around you and get that sort of win then you’re delighted with it.
“It was deserved [the win], and it was convincing so we’re delighted.”
Having played in the JW Hunt Cup on Tuesday night and their next fixture being in the FA Vase, Green is adamant that with a congested schedule, more players will be getting opportunities to play. “That’s one of the issues [a congested fixture list]”, he said. “We have got a quality squad and, if I’m being honest, one of the issues you have, it’s a good issue I suppose, is that when you’re doing well you tend to keep the same players on the pitch.
“Unfortunately, we’ve got five or six players who haven’t been getting much game time but I think we’re running into a point now where it’s time to start using the squad.
“We changed four or five players the other night in the cup game at AFC Bridgnorth and the same will happen. A week on Wednesday, it starts getting relentless again so we will start to use the squad there’s no doubt about that.
“I think we’ve been very lucky with injuries this year. We put a small squad together and a quality squad and you always have it in your head that there’s going to be two or three absentees; we’ve been very fortunate that that’s not happened. Over the coming weeks we can hopefully use more of the squad.”