Normal service has returned at Sydney United 58 FC with the Reds notching consecutive wins to kick-start their 2017 campaign.
The 3-1 win against rivals Bonnyrigg on Sunday had a familiar feel about it.
For one Mark Rudan was back in charge of the 2016 premiers after the club move swiftly to replace coach Davor Basjic who resigned after three straight losses.
And for another Panny Nikas demonstrated once again why he is in the top echelon of strikers of the NSW National Premier League with another sublime two-goal effort.
Nikas followed his heroic goal from halfway last week with another five-star effort that included two goals and an assist to take his season tally to five goals.
After a scoreless first half, the game came alive in the second stanza with four goals in a 20 minute period.
Teenager Hassan Jalloh hit back for the visitors after Nikas and substitute Adrian Vranic established a 2-0 lead before Nikas secured all three points with his second from distance.
For Bonnyrigg it is their fifth straight loss to start the season with coach Brian Brown expecting some of his injured brigade back in the coming weeks.
The Reds sit in eighth place on six points – seven points behind leaders Manly.
- This Friday Bonnyrigg play Hakoah at Hensley Athletic Field at 3pm. United 58 host Wollongong on Monday. Kick-off: 4pm.