Justin Bennett believes he will show he can be just as prolific without his former strike partner Matt Paterson.
The Gosport Borough all-time leading goalscorer struck up an excellent understanding with the former Southampton man last season but saw him depart for rivals Hawks in the summer.
Bennett believes Paterson’s contribution was a key reason behind his own 34 goals in all competitions last term, 24 of which came in the league and saw him lift the division’s golden boot.
But after drawing a blank in the 0-0 opening-day draw with St Albans City, the 33-year-old bagged all four in the 4-0 win at Weston-super-Mare in midweek.
And he is confident he can continue to thrive without his friend in tomorrow’s trip to Maidenhead United – a team that have taken maximum points so far.
Bennett said: ‘We are still good mates and we are still competitive.
There is no reason why I can’t go on and score more goals without himJustin Bennett
‘He texted me after the game the other night and he wasn’t best pleased when I’d scored all four!
‘We had a good partnership and he definitely contributed to the number of goals I scored last season.
‘But we have brought in good players and there is no reason why I can’t go on and score more goals without him.
‘I was gutted when he left. On the pitch, we clicked.
‘But he has his reasons and I wished him the best of luck.
‘He felt the move was right for him and will help him achieve what he wants to get out of football.’
Bennett played up front with new recruit Jamie White in the opening fixture and then partnered Lee Wort on Tuesday.
And he is sure he can make any partnership work.
He said: ‘I played up front with Worty the other night and I played with Jamie in the first game.
‘They are both different types of players to Pato but it’s not that we haven’t got an understanding.
‘I think Worty probably deserved more of a chance last season but it was difficult for him as we were scoring a lot of goals.
‘We’ve also got George Barker who has come in and can play up front so there is plenty of competition for places. And I don’t take anything for granted. I know I have got to keep scoring goals to stay in the team.’
Bennett struck the crossbar with a chance he might have taken last weekend but was pleased he hit back in style.
He said: ‘I was a bit disappointed to hit the bar in the first game but it was a tougher chance than it looked, I think.
‘I thought I should have scored but I didn’t consider it a glaring miss – I’ve missed easier ones than that!
‘But I was keen to score at Weston-super-Mare and I was gifted a few to be fair.
‘I had a good start last season so I was keen to do that again.
‘It’s nice to be off the mark and to have four goals already is a great bonus.
‘Now it’s a tough trip to Maidenhead. They have brought in some good players.’
GOSPORT BOROUGH: Ashmore, Cuthbertson, Woodford, Poate, Walker, Williams, Carter, Robinson, Harding, Dunford, Scott, Wooden, Ramsey, Ryan, Barker, Wort, Bennett, White