CO-MANAGER Wayne Goodison says seeing how much his 1874 Northwich players are enjoying themselves gives him the most satisfaction following their excellent start.

The Greens enter December on top of the North West Counties League Premier Division after an impressive opening to the campaign.

Goodison and co-manager Paul Bowyer have led their side into pole position for automatic promotion but he insists there has been no "magic wand" from either of them – he says much of their improvement has been player-led.

"It’s really pleasing to see the way the players have organised themselves," he said.

"They have taken on board what we want to do. There’s no magic wand from me or Paul – it’s down to the attitude of the players.

"What’s really enjoyable for me as a coach standing watching the game, they look like they are enjoying themselves and that’s all you can ask for.

"We’re all in this for enjoyment and they look that way."

1874 travel to Warrington to take on Rylands on Saturday before hosting Bootle on Tuesday night.

Jack Pritchard and Ryan Jackson remain long-term absentees but with Taylor Kennerley closing in on a return, they have good numbers to call upon.

With a gruelling December schedule on the horizon, Goodison knows it must remain that way.

"There’s a lot of games coming up in the next month or so and we need to keep everybody together as much as possible," he said.

"If we can stay relatively injury-free then that’s going to be a positive."