Selston recorded an 11th consecutive league win on Saturday in a run of form that has taken everyone by surprise, including their manager.
Craig Weston knew he had a talented group of players when the club decided to leave the Notts Senior League and join the Central Midlands Football League in the summer.
But even he couldn’t have predicted the way his side have performed in the first half of the season, with just one defeat to their name that came on the opening day.
Since that narrow defeat to Matlock Town Reserves in August, Selston have remained unbeaten in 14 league games in a run that has taken them to second in the table.
Weston said: “It’s a good record and we want it to carry on for as long as we can. We have got ourselves in to a really good position now but we’ll take every game as it comes.
“We don’t look too far ahead. If there is a blip then we’ll carry on. We’re on a fantastic run and that’s how leagues are won - by putting together unbeaten runs.
“This group of players are very talented. We’re a village side really coming up against bigger town teams. Coming in to the Central Midlands league it was a big ask to see if we could hack it.
“I was quietly confident we could hold our own. I was not expecting as good as it has been but no matter what division you are in; if you are compact and play good football, you’ll do well. There are some really good football sides in this league; Clay Cross Town and Belper United are exceptional. I’m really pleased with how it’s going but we’re only half way through, we’ve not done anything yet.
“If we take our eyes off the ball or lose focus we could let it slip but I know this team. We’ve done alright so far and long may it continue.”
A brace of goals from hot shot Carl Moore earned Selston a 2-1 win at fellow title hopefuls Hucknall Town, in an entertaining match played in difficult conditions.
“It was a really good win,” said Weston. “We knew it was going to be a tough game and we had to match them physically, which I think we did, and then hope that we could produce that bit of quality going forwards.”
And added: “They were a dangerous side to play in this league. It was a close game that could have gone either way. We had the pace up front and showed real character to get another fantastic win.
“We are a good football side. We like to get the ball down and play a certain way but we couldn’t really do that on Saturday because of the state of the pitch. They were used to playing on that pitch.
“They were a strong side and are use to winning their battles but we matched them. It was end to end and an open game. They had chances but we stood tall and defended well all game for 90-plus minutes.”
A confident Selston travel to fellow former Notts Senior League side Kegworth on Saturday (January 16) and Weston is expecting a tough test.
Selston have the chance to go top if they win and leaders Belper United slip up at Mickleover RBL.