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Manager Trevor Newman has attributed much of Walsham-le-Willows’ positive start to the new Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division season to ‘hard work’.

GOOD START: Trevor Newman
GOOD START: Trevor Newman

Newman, who was appointed on the eve of the campaign after the club took the decision to part with long-serving Paul Smith, has seen his side triumph in all three of their league games so far.

The most recent of those was a 3-2 win on Tuesday evening at many people’s title favourites Stowmarket Town, where Walsham’s George Bugg returned to haunt his former club with two goals.

It means that third-placed Walsham are one of just two sides along with league-leading Histon to hold a 100 per cent winning record ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Wroxham (3pm).

“It has been a fantastic start – better than I thought it would be to be honest,” he said.

“To be fair to Smithy, he ended last season with a strong squad and signed a couple of very good players during the summer as well.

“So I was quite optimistic when I took the job, but this has surpassed my expectations.

“It is down to the lads and their hard work. If they are asked to do something, they do it.

“We all get on together and that makes a difference. As a village club, we need that sort of togetherness.”

And on the victory over Stow, Newman praised his team’s resilience.

“Last year we had two very close games. They scored late goals to beat us,” he added.

“They are a very good side, but we played some good football and every time we conceded we dug in.

“Again, it was down to hard work and the players buying in to what we want them to do.”