Some may be surprised at seeing Moors Academy shoot up the table having won nine in a row but manager Sam Manoochehri was always confident of his squad’s abilities.
Today, they entertain Redditch Borough who won the reverse fixture 4-0, but Sam’s side have come a long way since then and will be confident of avenging that opening day defeat.
“We play Redditch this afternoon, and they beat us resoundingly in our first game of the season,” said Sam.
“Since then, we have put a lot of work in with the lads, who have become a team and built solid relationships with each other.
“It’s been about trusting the system, even when things weren’t going so well, it’s all about believing in yourself to turn things around.
“I have 100% belief in how I want the team to play, how I want them to act and it’s been a case of being consistent with my messages across to the lads.
“It’s been about getting the boys to adapt to our methods and to be fair to them, they have taken everything on board."
Sam admits that things didn’t go to plan straight from the word go but the lads responded to his way of coaching and they have become a very tight-knit unit.
“The start of the season was difficult, we had a core group but we were also adding a lot of individuals.
“The lads have worked hard, and having not only played together but gone to college together, they have bonded quicker than normal.
“They are now aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Their collective quality is shining through and now we are seeing the fruits of our labour.”
Moors really are seeing results, today they go for their tenth consecutive win and as the season reaches its climax, they are in with a real shout of recording a top two finish.
“We are up to third now, it was always a silent target at the start of the season to try and get promoted,” said Sam.
“Knowing the quality we already had, and then those we added to the group, we thought we had a real opportunity of promotion if we gelled together.
“Now things are starting to come together, getting third is in our hands but we want more.
“If the teams above us slip up, we win all of our remaining games, then we get second and achieve automatic promotion.
“It would be an incredible achievement for the lads and if I am honest, they really deserve it.”