Accrington bowler David Ormerod knows not to get carried away by his side’s table-topping start to the season.
The Thorneyholme Road side are the only unbeaten team in the league after Ramsbottom’s 20-game winning run came to an end against Lowerhouse on Sunday.
But while Ormerod admits the table looks good at the moment, he has been in the game long enough to keep his feet on the ground.
"When I was at Bacup for our first title in 2000 I think we lost five of our first six games so we know there will be lots of twists and turns but it’s nice to look at the table at the moment.
"We have had a good start and a lot of it comes down to our pro Ashar Zaidi who has been fantastic.
"He lives in Manchester, trained with us in pre-season, has settled in easily and has had a massive impact so far.
"He is also willing to take the pressure off everyone and have it on his shoulders and he helps the young guys out with their batting.
"But we also know we can’t rely on him every game and that other people also have to chip in.
"But so far they have been doing that. Marley Ali was making his debut against Haslingden on Sunday and he looked like he had played first class cricket all his life.
"So far, it’s going well."
Ormerod admitted that most teams in the league will take heart from the fact that Jon Fielding’s treble winning Ramsbottom team from last season finally lost a game.
"You have got to respect what they have done – to go on a 20-game winning run is a superb achievement and they are probably the best team in the league.
"It’s the team everyone is looking up to but it is all about what happens on the day and it can’t always go your way."
Ormerod, who was captain for the previous three seasons, knows all about that after two title wins and then a disappointing campaign last summer.
But he is hoping the introduction of new skipper Jimmy Hayhurst will help to get back to the title-chasing days.
"We deliberately wanted a young captain to work with the ‘grumpy old men’ in me and Graham Lloyd and other senior players so that we are around him to help Jimmy out. I have got to say that he is doing the job well and it is looking good."
However they face a stern test on Sunday when they take on fourth-placed local rivals Enfield at Thorneyholme Road.
"There is always that extra spice on derby days and it is a different kind of atmosphere.
"When I was captain I told the players to just go out and enjoy it and hopefully we will all do the same on Sunday.
"Their pro has done well – he has taken a liking to the league – so it’s all set up for a good game."