A LAST-ditch win against relegated Malborough last May gave little Salcombe Town enough of an edge to see them scrape into last season's Division Five promotion places.
But with 10 defeats to their name few at the club could have imagined the South Hams club would be going into November as one of only two unbeaten sides in the division.
The warning signs have been coming for a while, with Town taking four points from tough opening fixtures against Waldon Thirds and Dittisham.
Then came an emphatic 6-0 win over Paignton Villa Reserves at The Berry, followed by a 10-1 victory at Whiterock as Saints Reserves were also put to the sword.
Last Saturday was the icing on the cake, as they put an end to Roselands' unbeaten streak, a run that had stretched back two seasons.
The result may have been close (4-3), and Roselands were fielding a weakened side, but the win has given Town a huge boost in confidence.
"We've played Roselands a number of times over the last few seasons and it's the first time we've beaten them, so we're delighted. It was a real team effort," said club secretary Roger Lidstone. The team's overall strength is highlighted by the fact that the 20 goals scored in the last three games have come from eight team members, with Stallard, Giffen, Thorn and Corbin on target against Roselands.
"We're sharing the goals around the side quite a lot," said Lidstone.
"And they have come from defenders and midfielders as well as strikers."
It is still Waldon Thirds leading the division though, the Clarets beating Ilsington 3-1 at Lewthorne Cross to leave Villa at the bottom. Watcombe Reserves edged Dittisham 2-1 thanks to Jordan Finch and an own goal, Thomas Rowden with Dittisham's strike.
Elsewhere, Jay Morgan fired Brixham to the top of the Premier table as Buckland Reserves crashed to a shock defeat at Erme Valley.
Brixham striker Morgan scored twice in a 3-0 win over Kingsteignton at Broadpark, with former Bucks winger Ben Adams also on target.
Meanwhile, Ivybridge Reserves put last week's cup defeat behind them to condemn Buckland to a first league defeat of the season, 3-2 the final score.
Newton Spurs Reserves remain strong in third place as Ryan Sanders scored all four in a 4-1 win at Stoke Gabriel Reserves.
Kingskerswell & Chelston secured back-to-back wins as last year's runners-up put three past WBB without reply. Louis Horton made his mark again, scoring twice, with Sam Goulding also on the score-sheet.
In the Herald Cup, Watcombe Wanderers comfortably secured a tasty Third Round tie at Upton Athletic with a 10-0 triumph at home to Division Three side Bishopsteignton.
Sean Finch put five away at the King George V, with Pete Summerfield claiming a hat-trick; Danny Harvey and Casey Cooper completed the rout.
There were six different scorers at the Cellars, as Beesands Rovers defeated Paignton Saints 6-0 to move level with Division Two leaders Newton United.
Josh Moore and Craig Derrick scored two apiece as Buckland & Milber made it six out of six at the top of Division Three.
Division Five high fliers Buckfastleigh Rangers Reserves scored an extra-time winner to send Division One's Kingskerswell & Chelston Reserves out of the Fred Hewings Cup, while Calvin Bergin and Luke Rhodes scored two each to ensure Watcombe Wanderers Thirds still top Division Six, Wanderers defeating Teign Village Reserves 5-1.
By NEIL HOCKING