Kings Langley have begun life in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division with back-to-back wins but joint manager Richie Hanlon has told his side not to get carried away.
A 2-1 opening day victory at Colney Heath was followed up with a 3-0 home win over London Colney on Tuesday night, meaning Kings are one of four sides to have taken maximum points at this early stage.
However, Hanlon remains grounded: “We’ve started well. The boys are working very, very hard. Obviously it’s a new league, so we’re excited about it as we’ve worked for the last two years to get where we are. The team have acquitted themselves well and achieved some good results.”
He continued: “We built a lot of our success last season having a good defensive record and we’re trying to drum into the boys the shape of the team and how we want them to play.
“It’s early days and you don’t want to get carried away because we’re on a crest of a wave. You could easily lose two games and be at the bottom. But I’m pleased with how we’ve started.”
A brace from former Watford winger Alex Campana and a late penalty from Danny Hutchins sealed Tuesday’s win, with Hutchins joining Jordan Toomey on the scoresheet at Colney Heath three days prior.
Saturday brings a new challenge, though, with Kings travelling to Bedford in the FA Cup extra preliminary round and Hanlon says it will be difficult for him to alter a winning XI.
He said: “We’ll have to assess the lads in training, but it’s difficult to make changes when you’re playing well. It’s up to the ones who are not in the team to get in it and the ones who are in it to stay in it.
“The squad’s still the same. We might have a couple of knocks and bruises, but nothing to stop someone from playing. I’m not sure if we’ll go in with an unchanged line-up.”