HAVING played in all but one of Ipswich City's games this season, Nathan Manttan can offer a valuable insight into his team's progress.
Preparing for the start of the Capital League 2 second round, the Bulls are in fourth spot on 18 points, just two wins from outright second.
"We're going pretty well,'' defender Manttan said, hoping the weather doesn't spoil Saturday night's scheduled game against Park Ridge at Brassall. "The confidence is definitely high.
"We're definitely aiming to finish in the top four and I don't think the top two is out of reach.''
The St Edmund's College teacher said a change in style from coach Norbert Duga and more success in front of goal had contributed to City's six win, four loss record. The Bulls' 42-goal haul is the competition's equal best with leaders Centenary Stormers.
"The way we've been playing has probably been more free-flowing,'' Manttan said.
"Going forward, it's been refreshing to get a few goals and the boys are confident that if we go down maybe two goals early, we've got goals in us so we can win games 3-2 or 4-3.''
Leading the way with 12 goals has been English recruit Ryan Adekoya New.
Dane Grant (10) and captain Zygan Condie (8) have also been regular contributors, along with speedster Jay Kitching (five).
Manttan said the recent arrival of former National Premier Leagues midfielder Lincoln Rule was another massive boost for the Brassall-based team.
The defender said the Bulls were unlucky not to beat second-placed Virginia United last weekend after recovering from a slow start.
"We dominated the rest of the game but just couldn't score unfortunately,'' he said.
Bulls coach Duga was been happy with Manttan's performance at left back this season.
"He's been solid. He's a very fit and athletic type of guy and perfect at this level of football,'' Duga said.
In the other CL2 match scheduled for this weekend, Western Spirit are to play Pine Hills at Kippen Park on Saturday night, also subject to playing conditions from overnight rain.
Western Pride's National Premier Leagues match against Northern Fury was called off today due to 200mm of rain falling overnight in Townsville.
NPL: Saturday night's match between Western Pride and Northern Fury was called off.
CL2: Saturday (6pm subject to playing conditions) - Ipswich City v Park Ridge at Sutton Park, Brassall; Western Spirit v Pine Hills at Kippen Park, Goodna.