RICHARD Pears says his Exmouth Town side have the potency in front of goal to hurt any team in the division.
The Southern Road side – who played Elmore yesterday (Wednesday) – thumped Liskeard Athletic 4-0 on Saturday to make it nine goals in their first three league matches.
New signing Jamie Mudge and skipper Lloyd Gardner notched doubles in the victory as they continue their impressive start to the season.
Pears was delighted to see Mudge score his first goals for the club, but also paid credit to Gardner for his contribution to the side.
"If we carry on playing as we are then we can take apart most teams," said Pears, whose side visit Plymouth Parkway on Saturday.
"I gave Jamie Mudge a start and he got two goals and Lloyd Gardner scored two as well, so I was delighted with them.
"It was his first start in the league for me and he showed his quality with two goals. He does need to get a bit fitter and a bit sharper, but that will come with games and he has goals in him.
"With him, Lloyd Gardner, Dan Boere, Ace High and Andrew Thomson in the squad, any combination of those players is enough to hurt teams in this division.
"I have been particularly pleased with Lloyd Gardner though. I made him captain recently and he is repaying me for that.
"His work ethic is outstanding and he really can tear teams apart with the ball."
Elmore boss Pete Buckingham believes his team are already reaping the benefits of the change in division with increased competition for places.
The amount of time spent travelling to games was a constant gripe of Buckingham's last season, and was pivotal in their decision to quit the Western League First Division.
More local matches – such as Saturday's 4-1 win at Bovey Tracey on Saturday and their clash with Exmouth yesterday (Wednesday) – should mean fewer players hindered by work commitments.
And, after seeing Liam Pike, Jesse Howe, Matt Harvey and Mike Humphries hit the target against Bovey – with Sam Dicken responding for the hosts – Buckingham says that the move is paying dividends for the Eagles.
"I have five players missing for the trip to Bovey Tracey but we still have really good competition for places which we did not have last year," said Buckingham, whose side go to Camelford on Saturday.
"Work commitments basically killed us last season but our games are closer and we have more players available for games.
"It took us 45 minutes to get to Bovey on Saturday while last season we were making three-hour trips to places north of Bristol. That's why we joined this league."
Bovey – who lost 1-0 to Plymouth Parkway on Tuesday – visit Bodmin Town on Saturday.
Cullompton Rangers manager Mike Taylor admits some of his players are not ready for the rigours of Peninsula League football.
Taylor's men lost 4-0 at local rivals Witheridge on Tuesday, and were thrashed 7-0 at Camelford on Saturday, leaving Taylor distinctly unimpressed.
"It made me realise many of them are not ready for this level and we need a shake-up," he said. "We miss Jeff Sanders' experience when he is not playing and some of the players in the team need a reality check because they are not ready for this level."
Witheridge also beat Falmouth Town on Saturday thanks to Jordan Charran's goal. Boss Chris Vinnicombe takes his side to Liskeard Athletic this Saturday.