Tadcaster Albion rediscovered their ruthless edge on Tuesday night after boss Paul Marshall urged his frontmen to turn cut-throat to turn draws into wins.
Albion extended their unbeaten NCEL Premier streak to 14 matches pummelling Basford United 5-0 at the 2inspire Stadium.
Albion’s run has thrilled the gaffer, with Albion last being beaten in the league 3-1 to league favourites Brighouse Town on August 13.
“It is probably the best run I’ve had as a manager,” said Marshall. “It’s brilliant. We asked for consistency and we are getting it.
“Every player is at nine out of 10 level every match.”
Marshall confirmed defender Denny Ingram has turned down a move to Pickering Town after Tad’s rivals put in a seven-day transfer notice for him.
He said: “Denny is going nowhere. He’s loving it at Tad.
“It was a surprise when someone comes in for a 37-year-old defender.
“Everyone has clearly realised how valuable he is to us, he has been invaluable.”
Marshall has also been boosted by defenders George Bissett and Jamie Williamson’s return to fitness. Albion drive to Glasshoughton Welfare on Saturday before heading to fourth-placed Athersley Recreation on Wednesday.
Five different goalscorers found the net against Basford including a first for new recruit Danny Critchlow.
Captain Nick Thompson, striker Lee Stewart and winger Josh Barrett put Albion three goals up after 21 minutes. Strikers Carl Stewart and Critchlow then added insult to injury in the second half.
It was Tad’s biggest win of the season, and came 72 hours after missing several glorious chances in the 2-2 draw against Bridlington Town.
The Town draw was Albion’s sixth this season and afterwards, Marshall said his side lacked composure in front of goal.
Stuart Rice opened the scoring against his former club but Tad’s lead lasted just three minutes as Town’s Craig Hogg found a leveller.
Carl Stewart claimed to have put Albion back in front after 60 minutes, despite officials recording it as a Chris Jenkinson own goal. And Jenkinson made amends for his mistake, scoring 10-man Brid’s second equaliser with 20 minutes left.
“We had four glorious chances to win it after they equalised,” added Marshall.
“It was a physical encounter. They could have had more than one players sent off.
“But we controlled most of the game without being spectacular. Brid are always a benchmark to where you are. We were more than better.”