GRAHAM Dunn has extra reason to be cheerful on his birthday today after Penhill United recorded their first Swindon Sunday League victory over Greyhound FC in years at the weekend, winning 3-2 away from home.

The win was Penhill’s first of the season, having suffered a loss in their opening league contest.

But with the club’s hopes in both cup competitions still alive, Dunn spoke enthusiastically about the work ethic of his squad.

He said: “It’s the best I’ve seen the team play this season. I’m very happy with the result, especially considering we have a relatively new team this year with a fresh bunch of faces.

“All players are giving 100 per cent, and it’s really pleasing to see. We haven’t beat Greyhound in years, and the game could have gone either way.

“The rain fell all morning, so we told the lads before kick-off that if they had a chance to shoot then they should.

“With the bad weather, no one could predict where the ball would move. It’s hard for the goalkeeper to hold onto tricky shots, and Sunday proved that.

“We scored three good goals, it was a hard match, but we deserved the win.”

The summer months saw Dunn add several fresh faces to his squad following last season’s runners up finish in the Division One of the town’s Sunday League.

Additions to the squad have proved fruitful to date, but Dunn is still keeping his fingers crossed that performance levels remain a constant throughout the season.

He added: “We’ve got four or five new players – all youngsters – in the team after last season and they’re all playing really well for us.

“They turn up every week and wear their heart on their sleeve.

“We’ve only played two league fixtures and we’re still in both cups.

“At the moment, everything is going well. I hope the lads keep their performance levels up, and I think they will.”

Elsewhere in Division One, Croft Junior kept within close proximity of Greyhound with a comfortable 0-5 win at AFC Mannington.

Coleshill United Sunday FC also tasted success as they put three goals past Woodlands Edge First in a five-goal thriller.

The win lifted Coleshill off the bottom of Division One with Woodlands Edge now occupying ninth spot having lost all three of their opening league matches.

Meanwhile in the cup, Royal Wootton Bassett Town Sunday made progress, beating Swindon Waiting Rooms FC 11-3 away from home.