Orange duo Waratahs FC and Barnstoneworth United flexed their premiership muscles again on Saturday but both are still looking towards one of the Dubbo teams as the one to beat in the Western Premier League this year.
Adam Scimone's Waratahs have been nearly perfect so far, winning seven of eight matches after an opening-round draw against Barnies while Barnstoneworth made it three wins on the trot on Saturday when downing Dubbo-'s Macquarie United 2-1.
Barnies might be running red hot at the moment, but Scimone's men aren't looking over their shoulders just yet.
"It's great for the region, what we're doing and what Barnies are doing," he said.
"But if you look backwards you'll never go forwards. I'm just worried about our own performance.
"They're [Barnies] are doing well, but with all due respect... they had Mudgee and then Panorama on an off day.
"I've said it all along, Dubbo Bulls are the best side, they're the champions."
Bulls might be the premiers, but Tahs are undoubtedly the form side this season. Having said that, Scimone says there's still a stack of improvement to come.
"We're probably running at 60-70 per cent," he said.
"We had two guys out on Friday night and we had 11 shots in the first half. If we converted half of those, we would have been up 5-0."
If Scimone was ever unsure of his outfit's potential, it will surely be revealed in the next two weeks as Waratahs travel to Dubbo to face the Bulls next weekend, before returning home for a local derby against Barnstoneworth.
"We just want to stay on top and set the pace," he said.
"Friday night was a real test for us away from home, and it was positive to come away with the win.
"We set out to get as many wins as we could while we were at home, and we've done that."
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