BOSS GJ Singh is confident Barnt Green Spartak can mix it up with the top sides in the league this season.
Having lost nine players during pre-season Singh was forced to rebuild his squad and they have got the new Midland League Division Two campaign off to a flying start.
The Lions currently sit fourth in the table having won five of their opening eight games, with their latest win being a 4-1 away success at Bolehall Swifts last Saturday.
Darren Green bagged a hat-trick with Nathaniel Hare netting the other as Green made it three league wins on the spin.
Although Singh believes the likes of GNP Sports, Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons, Fairfield Villa and Northfield Town are favourites for the division, he told the Standard his side are more than capable of mixing it at the top.
“I always have the belief in my own ability to build a squad which is capable of competing,” he said.
“I’m a realist and I know we are not favourites to win this division because other teams are better equipped to do so.
“However, that does not mean we can’t compete.
“There’s no reason why we should not be mixing it with the big boys of this division.
“Confidence is high in the squad and long may that continue because if we are in the top five when there’s only ten games to go, anything could happen.”
Spartak make the trip to in-form Coton Green on Saturday but Singh will not be on the touchline due to family commitments.
“I don’t like missing games but I know the players back themselves to do well,” he added.