WARRNAMBOOL Rangers playing coach Cameron Pyke says his side will need to keep its focus if it is to continue the impressive start to the season.
The senior men's side emerged from a top-of-the-table clash against Ballarat North United with all three points in a 3-2 victory at Jones Oval on Sunday.
Goals to the league's top scorer Ryan Bail (third minute, 49th minute) and the in-form Darcy Johnstone (23rd minute) were enough to keep United at bay as the Rangers secured their fifth win of the year.
Pyke said the feeling around the group was electric as they search for back-to-back Ballarat and District Soccer Association titles.
"Confidence is sky high at the moment after some good results against middle-table teams and against a good side in North," he said.
"We know now that the title is there for the taking and if we can continue to put in good performances it's ours."
But following the gritty victory Pyke said his side still had some injury concerns to think about.
Rangers captain and key centre back Liam Priestley, who was a late withdrawal after succumbing to calf soreness, could miss up to three weeks.
Full-back Jacob Keilar, who copped a knock to his ankle and was subbed out of the victory, is expected to be right to play in the home game against eighth-placed Maryborough on Sunday.
Pyke said the Rangers' attention would now turn to staying focused on holding their form.
"We need to make sure we are getting through our games for the full 90 minutes," he said.
"We do have the injuries but our squad depth means we have guys capable of coming in to cover vacancies.
"At training we will be working on putting things into practice and working on our shortcomings as no one is perfect and it's always a constant battle to improve."
Pyke said Darcy Johnstone, who has scored six goals from six games, had adjusted well to a shift in his role within the starting 11 and is seeing the rewards with some strong form early in the season.
"Last year Darcy played more as a support winger to assist forwards where this year he is getting into positions to shoot and he is finding form and scoring goals," he said.
"Darcy has taken another leap forward in his development and he only turned 18 this year. He continues to progress week in, week out and he is constantly adding developments to his game and becoming a potent attacker.
"He has joined Ryan (Bail) and (striker) Clinton (DeMartin) in finding the back of net constantly after scoring in consecutive weeks to be up there in the goals tally."
Bail currently leads the golden boot with 11 goals.
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