TOMMY LAWSON insists there is still more to come from his Skelmersdale United team after they opened up a four-point gap at the top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division table.
Skem's 1-0 win over Matlock Town on Tuesday, courtesy of a late Ashley Dunn strike, was their 10th in 15 league games this season, and moved them clear of challengers AFC Fylde and Chorley, neither of whom were in action.
It has been a stunning start from Lawson's men, who were promoted as champions of the First Division North last season, but the manager believes his side are yet to reach their full potential yet.
Lawson said: “We're learning every week, and I think there is more to come from this team.
“We've shown that we can compete at this level, and I think Tuesday showed the strength of our squad to be honest.
“We were without both our senior goalkeepers. Zac Hibbert is suffering with whiplash and Ryan McMahon had a family issue, so Andy Paxton, our goalkeeping coach, came in and did a superb job. His handling, distribution and communication were all tremendous.
“He got Man of the Match, and I'd say it was the best I've seen him play.
“But we had others missing too. Shaun Tuck only managed 15 minutes, Alan Burton was out too. When we have everyone fit, and when we have Lewis Field and Aaron Turner back at Christmas, we will be even stronger.”
Skem are away to Grantham Town on Saturday, but suffered defeat in the first round of the FA Trophy last weekend, going down 6-0 to Blyth Spartans in a game marked by red cards for Matty Hughes and Rob McIntosh.
“The referee was poor,” said Lawson. “We put a report in to the FA after the game, as is our right.
“It was disappointing to be knocked out of the Trophy so early, we had a great run in it last season after all, but I would rather have the three points we got against Blyth in the league a few weeks ago, I know that.”