Fair assessment Jack.
Keep going as your luck will change soon, especially if you keep Rico and the No 9 up top as they were very lively.
For me, you just lack a left full back and a couple of decent central midfielders to be a decent side. All of our goals came from getting in behind your left hand side and our forward had a good day scoring a decent hat trick.
Must say, the ref did make some amusing decisions but as you rightly say, he was pretty equal (as bad for both teams!). Also got to give you boys some credit for the pitch. Excellent surface after all this rain and still firm enough for moulded boots which surprised me.
As for our No 8, cracking player who is new to us this season. Amazing what 3 or 4 new signings and a bit of belief can do for a team. Certainly our worsrt performance over the past 5 weeks but to only play in patches and still win 4-1 away from home to make it 5 in 5 is something I didn't think I would ever be saying after our opening day 2-7 spanking v Hunston!
Good luck for the rest of the season mate.
Form is temporary, class is permanent...