GALMPTON United boss Steve Parkin said this weekend's clash with leaders Exwick Villa could prove more of an indication of their chances this season, despite an encouraging start to the campaign.
The greens take on early front-runners Exwick – formerly Exeter Civil Service – at the Memorial Ground on Saturday (3pm) on the back of a 7-3 hammering of Exeter University.
Dan Rankin – who has returned to Galmpton this season – hit five second-half goals as Galmpton overran the under-strength university side.
Rankin (pictured right) had also opened the scoring in the tie, meaning he has already scored 10 goals in their opening three league matches. Liam Jones scored the other for the greens, while Matt Congden saved a first-half penalty.
Galmpton have beaten Plymstock United 6-3 and lost 1-0 to Newton Abbot Spurs in their other games in Division One East, but Parkin was not reading anything into their high-scoring form so far.
He said the students turned up to last weekend's clash with just 10 players, likely due to the fact that university term has yet to begin.
"It's not a good sign when 20 minutes before kick-off nobody from their team has turned up," said Parkin. "It's not ideal preparation really – they eventually turned up as a group about 15 minutes before kick-off and only had 10 players.
"They've got a good-sized pitch and we didn't really work them hard enough with 11 versus 10.
"It's disappointing to concede goals, but on the other hand we could have had double figures."
He added: "I can't read anything into it either way – we're just looking like a free-scoring team that leaks a few at the back at the moment.
"We need to stop the goals from going in if we're going to be in the top four or five – we can't go through the season with high-scoring games.
"I think Exwick will be a tough test – they've got some players who have been about a bit, and added some promising young players into the mix.
"It will tell us more about where we are than any other games."
STOKE GABRIEL player- manager Gary Fisher is insisting his side are not getting too carried away despite an 8-0 drubbing of Okehampton last Saturday.
"We played the game in the right way, limiting them to only a couple of chances all game," said Fisher.
"The goals are nice but the most important thing is that we go the three points."
The victory was largely set-up thanks to a hat-trick from Dean Stevens.
It took Stevens just four minutes to open his account, before player-manager Fisher netted two of his own before half-time.
Stevens finished off his treble with two quick goals after the restart, and things got worse for Okehampton on the 75th minute with the sixth coming from Robbie Bowker.
The rout was completed with goals from Kris Davis and Ollie Critchlow.
However, despite his side's impressive performance, Fisher is keen to keep his players level-headed.
"It is important not to get too carried away," said Fisher ahead of his side's fixture against Alphington at the weekend.
"Come Saturday we will be back on a level par at 0-0.
"We are going to every game to get three points, but we are still very confident going into this game."
MISTAKES proved to be fatal for Newton Abbot Spurs as they came away from Crediton 3-1 losers on Saturday.
Manager Paul Dyson was disappointed, especially after a decent midweek performance.
"We managed to get a point from a decent Galmpton side midweek, but we just didn't play well, and we didn't compete. We were poor across the pitch.
"We've got to do a lot better next week."
The opening goal for the home side came from a penalty, converted by Adam Bilcock.
Spurs managed to pull themselves back on level terms thanks to a Mark Dyson strike on the 25th minute.
The south Devon side couldn't hold on till the break, however, conceding shortly before half-time due to a Steve Goss finish from ten yards out.
The game was sealed in the final ten minutes with Kenny Ord sealing the three points for Crediton.
"Without being disrespectful to Crediton we made three big mistakes, including a silly penalty in the first half and they punished us" said Dyson.
"Apart from that our keeper hardly had to make a save all game.
"In the second half we had all the possession but just couldn't make it count."
Dyson is looking forward to an increased stability within the squad over the next couple of weeks with increased availability.
"At the moment we are struggling to get the balance right in the team due to having different players on the pitch every game.
"But hopefully in a couple of weeks more players will be fit and available."