If Maitland's first half was lacklustre, their second was positively sparkling as they put a tough Entrance side to the sword at Maitland Sportsground, running out 42-12 winners.
The Pickers, after scoring first, were drab in the first half, failing to make ground and not putting any real pressure on The Entrance defence.
But it all changed after the break.
"We changed things around and decided to go up through the middle rather than attack them on the edges," coach Matt Lantry said.
"That made a lot of difference. And it pleased me that we were able to alter our plan midway through. It's always a good sign if you can do that."
In the first half the Pickers were relying heavily on fullback Daniel Langbridge for penetration - and he looked dangerous every time he touched the ball.
But after the break, with Sam Anderson, James Taylor and co. rolling forward, hooker Alex Langbridge and halfback Brock Lamb were able to have more time on the ball and it was a different game altogether.
In the end they ran in seven tries to two.
An injury to Carl Randall midway through the first half meant Matt Soper-Lawler could come on in the centres and he scored two tries and was a constant threat.
There's no doubt he makes Maitland look a more dangerous outfit, but the problem is Maitland only learn late in the week whether he will be required by the Knights in the NSW Cup and he doesn't train with the Pickers team.
"Ideally he'll be able to cement a regular place with them. But right now it's very difficult because he's in and out and we are waiting each week to find out if he's available for us," Lantry said.
"I also though Cooper Jenkins was good on the edge."
After conceding a soft early try, Maitland's defence looked much stronger after the break on the back of their greater ball control.
This week they take on Wests at Harker Oval. With four wins from five matches, Maitland are two points off the lead with a deferred match against Coalfield rivals Kurri up their sleeves.
Central and Macquarie share top spot.
Despite playing a match less at this stage, Maitland have scored 189 points in five games, which is the best attack in the competition, while conceding 60, which is the best defensive record.