Craig Weston is pleased with how his Selston players have handled a change in expectations from last season.
The Selston boss admitted his team have a target on their backs after winning the Central Midlands League South Division in their first season.
But he is pleased with the response of his squad as they near the halfway stage of their league campaign, despite not yet being the first week of November.
“We were going to find it tough,” he said. “It’s hard to go and win the league and even harder to go and do it again a second year running.
“The expectations change inside and outside the club.”
Yet Selston have picked up where they left off last season, leading the way at the top, with other teams trying to chase them down.
Weston said: “We were where South Normanton are now last season, we were the unknowns. We did really well by winning it and now things have changed.
“Expectations have changed and we are there to be shot at.
“I’m pleased with how it’s gone up to now. We can get caught but we’d much prefer to have the points and that’s what we’ll continue to do.
“We want as many points on the board as we can and then others can try to catch us. We must stay focused.”