BLACKTOWN Spartans slaughtered Rockdale City Suns 6-0 at Blacktown Football Park on Saturday night.
It was the emphatic performance that befits a dominant leader after three rounds of Football NSW's Men's No.1 soccer competition.
But they have a rival.
Blacktown City FC thrashed Marconi 4-0, have also won their three matches and are yet to concede a goal.
Early days, early games, but it's a blazing start by the two local teams.
The Spartans have long been considered a team to break the establishment at the pointy end of the table, and proved their credentials with a superb win and performance on Saturday night.
Rockdale had no answers on the road and their performance will leave Branko Culina with plenty of food for thought heading into round four.
The Spartans came from behind after Nick Taneski gave Suns the lead.
Braces from David Gullo and Greg Kondek, plus a goal from substitute Kingsley Williams saw the sun go down for Rockdale.
Spartans coach Ben De Han added the sobering words only a winning coach can.
"It was a good result, but at the same time I don't think we played very well," he said.
"There were some good signs, though, and there will be positive things to come.
"We have got to push on, next week is a new game, it means nothing if you don't back it up the next week."
Meanwhile, Marconi had been easy 3-0 victors against Manly United midweek but came back to earth with a thud against Blacktown City.
There is plenty on Marconi coach Darren Iocca's plate, while City coach Mark Crittenden is enjoying a feast of goals.
Ryuji Miyazawa, in slashing early-season form, added another two goals, while Travis Major and the more unlikely figure of Zac Cairncross were also on the scoresheet.
The Spartans will be away to the Bonnyrigg Eagles this Saturday night and Blacktown City will host Apia Leichhardt at 3pm on Sunday.