Paul Malone believes it “looks good” to see Corby Town flying high in the early stages of the Southern League Premier Division.
The unbeaten Steelmen picked up their third win of the season on Wednesday night as skipper Malone struck a dramatic injury-time winner to seal a 3-2 home success over Arlesey Town.
The victory sent Corby into second spot behind Cambridge City on goal difference ahead of the bank holiday double-header which sees the Steelmen head to Chesham United on Saturday before facing title favourites St Neots Town at Steel Park on Monday afternoon.
And while there will be those who believe league tables mean little after just four games, Malone isn’t having any of it.
“It does look good to be second in the table,” the Corby captain said.
“Teams who aren’t up there at the moment will be looking at it and saying ‘it’s only four games, it doesn’t matter’ but it does.
“You want to get hold of it. Hemel Hempstead did it last season, they got to the top and had that fear factor, character and belief to play until the end.
“But we will just move on to Chesham now and aim to complete another win away from home.
“There’s no point looking at sides around us, we aren’t doing that at all.
“We are just looking at who we have in the next game and we will let other teams worry about us.”
Malone’s two goals, including that dramatic winner, helped secure the fine midweek victory.
And he believes the way the game was won “sets a benchmark” when it comes to character and the ability to battle for points until the end.
He added: “It’s always nice to get a goal like that in the last minute and it shows the character of the lads.
“We have kept that 100 per cent record at home. It’s early days but we are still unbeaten going into a big weekend.
“The fans have been great in the two home games so far and we have been followed well away from home. That was a moment for them.
“That win sets a benchmark and we want teams to have a fear factor that when they come to Steel Park they will be up against a team who will fight all the way.
“All good sides who compete for titles have that resilience and that ability to keep going until the end.
“I didn’t think we played that well to be honest but we reacted every time they scored a goal.
“It’s nice to get goals and it’s just surprising I haven’t scored one with my head yet!
“I suppose it’s just about being in the right place at the right time.”