After an enthralling 2-1 victory on the opening day, Dunstable Town manager Tony Fontenelle believes his side can go the distance this term with a large squad.
A goal each from Alex Cathline and Danny Talbot was enough to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Cambridge City on Saturday, and Fontenelle hopes that Cathline’s form can continue.
Fontenelle said: “He has started off well, it’s good competition, because I think we have got an equally good striker in Connor Calcutt waiting in the wings.
“I have to give credit to Connor, because he understands Alex has had a good preseason and he is ready to take his chance.”
The game against Cambridge also saw forward Gary Wharton and keeper Jack Smith pickup injuries, with the former expected to be out for a while.
Jack Smith who had a fantastic game, was replaced by Jamie Head and ended up making a number of excellent saves to help the Blues on their way to the victory.
Fontenelle said: “Jamie came on and pulled off three or four first class saves that got us the three points.
“Me and Talbs (assistant manager, Danny Talbot) have learned from last year how important strength in depth is.
“We got ourselves in such a great position and then we got a few injuries to key players and our season capitulated, so we looked at why it had changed so dramatically and what did we do wrong, and we felt we didn’t have enough strength in depth come the end of the season.”
The extra players meant that a lot of players missed out on a place in the starting eleven, and some didn’t even make the match day squad.
Fontenelle thanked those players, as he said they will get their chance, after showing such a positive attitude following the win over Cambridge.
He said: “I would just like to say how pleased I was with the attitude of the players that weren’t in the team, and the ones who weren’t even in the squad.
“They all came together at the end of the game, congratulating each other and it showed how good the characters were in the team.”
We face Kings Langley tonight, with Fontenelle saying about the fixture: “It is going to be a difficult game, by all accounts they are a very good side.
“They picked up an excellent point against Chippenham Town on the opening day.”
The match kicks off at 7:45pm at Gaywood Park, on Tuesday 9th August, the address of the club is below should you be travelling.