RICHARD Pears has praised his Exmouth Town players for their response since to losing to Godolphin Atlantic in the Charity Vase.
Town, who host Liskeard Athletic on Saturday, have made a dream start to life in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division, with Jamie Moore's strike giving them a 1-0 win at Launceston on Tuesday to make it two wins from two.
That came after they fought back to win 4-1 at Tavistock on Saturday, with goals from Dan Boere (2), Lloyd Gardner and Ace High.
Such a start seemed unlikely after Town were thumped 4-1 by Division One West champions Godolphin two weeks ago.
"I was so disappointed with the way we lost that charity shield match, but the players have taken things by the scruff of the neck since then and done brilliantly," said Pears, who handed striker Jamie Mudge a league debut on Tuesday.
"It was a brilliant result and a brilliant performance. Launceston are going to be a top side in the league this year and it was a very professional performance to beat them.
"We are not going to get carried away but what was very encouraging was the way every player worked his socks off.
"Our defence was so solid and blunted one of the best attacking forces in the league. I do not think many teams will come away from there with maximum points this season.
"That should now give us really good confidence heading into two home matches and I am really pleased with the start we have made."
Witheridge manager Chris Vinnicombe is urging his players to stay grounded for Saturday's home match with Falmouth Town.
Withy recorded a brilliant 2-1 comeback win at champions Bodmin Town on Saturday.
Jordan Charran struck a fine equaliser before Steve Ebdy fired home a late winner.
"A lot of people texted me after the game saying congratulations, but I am not getting carried away – it is only the first game of the season," sad Vinnicombe.
"If it was a win that took us above last season's points tally or where we finished in the league then I would be getting excited but it is only one game.
"That game is gone now and we have another match to look forward to on Saturday."
Steve Avery – who was receiving treatment for a suspected broken leg when Bodmin scored – will be missing, although his injury is not as bad as first feared.
Pete Buckingham has warned winger Jesse Howe to control his temper after being sent off in Elmore's 2-0 loss at home to Launceston on Saturday.
Howe was dismissed for 'colourful language' as Elmore conceded a goal in each half to lose their maiden match in the Premier Division.
Howe was also dismissed in the Hospital Cup against Tiverton Town in pre-season, and Buckingham – whose side hosted Tavistock last night (Wednesday) – had some advice for the youngster.
"Jesse Howe is on a suicide mission at the moment and if he does not learn he will spend the rest of his career in the stands and paying more in fines than he makes from football," he said.
But Buckingham – whose side visit Ryan German-managed Bovey Tracey on Saturday – was encouraged by his the display.
And he feels his side will be stronger once new signings Mike Humphreys, Shaun Goff, Tom Tricker and Ian Wheatley have time to bed in.
"I am confident that once our new signings have settled in and players are back and available we'll be a lot stronger," he said.
Cullompton Rangers manager Mike Taylor has reminded people that his young side are still learning ahead of Saturday's game at Camelford.
Cully lost 2-1 at home to Torpoint Athletic on Tuesday to go with their 5-0 thrashing at home to Ivybridge Town on Saturday.
"People need to remember that we have a very young side. Jeff Sanders is our oldest player at 27," he said. "The pressure can get to them and that may happen at times this season."
Bovey Tracey drew 0-0 at Elburton Villa on Tuesday after Friday's 5-0 defeat of Torpoint.