Captain Adam Bracewell has been impressed with Enfield’s start to the season – even though he has had to watch it all from the sidelines.
Bracewell, last season’s Dill Hall Lane pro, had a cruciate ligament operation in March and will not be available for another month.
And in his absence Enfield have lost just one of their five clashes so far and face a big derby against early pacesetters Accrington on Sunday.
And Bracewell admitted he isn’t a good watcher.
"It’s so frustrating as I don’t think I have missed the start of the season since I started playing cricket a lot of years ago," said the 27-year-old.
"I did it towards the end of last season by jumping down the stairs and I slipped.
"I missed the last four games of last season and thought it was just tissue damage but I had a scan in December and it was found I had ruptured my cruciate ligament and needed an operation.
"I had it at the beginning of March and should be back now in around three or four weeks – although the team don’t appear to be missing me at the moment!"
There have been various stand-in skippers with Liam Jackson and Mas Ahmed helping out and they have steered Enfield into fourth place.
"I still have to pick the teams and do all the other captain’s stuff though – everything except play which is no fun really," continued the skipper.
But what has been fun is watching the contribution of new pro, South African Werner Coetsee, who helped Enfield to a double win weekend with victories over Rawtenstall and Burnley.
"Werner has done well," said Bracewell. "He hasn’t been here long but has settled in well and took two lots of five wickets over the weekend and scored two half-cent-uries.
"I don’t think he has set any targets but we are chuffed with him so far."
Accrington, title winners in 2008 and 2009, had an indifferent season by their recent standards in the last campaign but are currently top of the pile.
"I think it was a blip last season for Accrington," continued the Enfield captain.
"They are a decent side with Graham Lloyd and ther pro Ashar Zaidi has had a good start.
"It’s a massive game – a huge challenge – but, apart from our performance against Church this season, we have done well.
"We also have players who have been missing games such as our new wicketkeeper Ash Gowers, who can only play once at weekends, and myself so I believe we can only get stronger."
Meanwhile the captain is not letting his players relax while he is on the sidelines.
"There is a megaphone in the crowd and I might use it to abuse them if necessary!"