ENFIELD'S Adam Bracewell says the fact no one has tipped his side for success has spurred them on to a good start.
It is still early days in the Lancashire League but Enfield have played four and won them all to race into an early lead at the top of the table.
Staying there is now the problem but 23-year-old Bracewell is hoping they can continue their good form - and he is keen to carry on being a hit with the bat.
He hit a career-best 83 not out last week but celebrated his first ever Lancashire League ton this week to keep the Dill Hall Laners on a winning streak.
"We were reading the messages on the web-site before the season started where everyone had their say on who would be the title contenders and we weren't mentioned," said Bracewell.
"They were going on about everyone else winning the title so we have just quietly got on with it and it has acted as a spur.
"It has been a great start and the hard thing will be keeping it going but we believe we stand a chance of winning the league and we want to prove others wrong."
And he is delighted his 116 helped to see off champions Burnley in their one wicket win on Saturday - Enfield have had three last gasp finishes in their four games but come out on top each time.
"That was good - I have waited a long time for it," said Bracewell. "I have played in the league for around six years so it was nice to get my first century especially in front of our home fans who are generally very loud.
"Everyone had been saying I needed to get a big score at some stage and I just hugged Neil Holmes!
"But I got 10 fours and eight sixes and I just seemed to give all the bowlers some punishment - it all went right. And it was good to beat the defending champions."
Enfield had looked in trouble at 62-4, chasing 229-7, until Bracewell's knock.
He was out with eight runs needed but Bernard Reidy held his nerve to hit a winning boundary.
And Bracewell has put the secret of his batting success down to early nights.
"I have decided to stay in before games and try and be a bit more serious about it all," he said.
"Me and Sam Reidy have put a midnight curfew on ourselves and it seems to be working at the moment. I don't know how long it will last, though!"
And Enfield are under no illusions that there will be plenty of twists and turns as they try and keep hold of the top spot.
"We had a good start last season and then we lost professional Alviro (Peterson) for a bit and we dropped down toeventually finish third.
"But Brandon (Hiini) is here all season hopefully and he has really settled in.
"And the older heads like Bernard Reidy and Andy Barker are having good seasons so far - everything has started off well and the mixture of youth and experience is working.
"We also have Keith Barker back and that is a massive boost. It might take him a couple of weeks to get used to being back but he is coming out of his shell.
"I think the fact we have had so many early close wins also shows the team spirit at the club and hopefully it will continue.
"I am feeling the pressure a bit now and I just hope they don't expect me to get 100s every week!"
It is a double header this weekend with last Sunday's games all washed-out and being played tomorrow (Sat) in the first fixed date.
Enfield take on Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall.
RISHTON are still up among the early pacesetters with just one defeat in their four games.
They saw off Todmorden on Saturday in a comfortable 58 run victory.
Professional Saeed Anwar Junior worked hard with the ball and the bat making 34 in Rishton's 189-9 and then taking 6-42 to clinch the game.
And there was an added bonus for Damian Dobbin on his debut for the first team. He made a late 24 and took three wickets to make a valuable contribution to the win.
Andy Bartley's side trave to Nelson and then face Burnley this weekend.
CHURCH are desperate to get another win on the board after they slipped to defeat to fellow early strugglers Rawtenstall.
Church struggled with the bat to make just 110 with Sri Lankan professional Ruven Peiris top scoring with 40. Rawenstall passed the target with seven wickets to spare.
Church travel to Burnley tomorrow (Sat) and then it's second placed East Lancs on Sunday.
And ACCRINGTON are still looking for that elusive first victory after losing to Haslingden on Saturday.
They had got pro Nishit Shetty back after he missed the first three games with commitments back home in India and are expecing big things.
But they could only put 89 on the board with Graeme Sneddon top scoring with 28 and Shetty making 11.
Haslingden had no problems reaching the target with the loss of just one wicket.
They are up against 2005 champions Lowerhouse and Bacup, who finished second last season.