Alex Pike believes Gosport Borough have shown they will be no pushovers again this season after their 0-0 draw at Maidenhead United.
It was the second stalemate in three Vanarama National League South games for Borough after their opening-day clash with St Albans also ended goalless.
But a 4-0 midweek win over Weston-super-Mare leaves them handily-placed with five points out of the first nine and Pike is pleased his defence have continued their good work of the last campaign.
He said: ‘We had the best defensive record in the league last season and that is something we are proud of.
‘I’m happy with three clean sheets on the bounce and I think any manager would be.
‘Sam Pearce was instrumental last season and in my opinion, the best centre-back in the league.
‘He has been out injured but we have coped well so far.
‘Ryan Woodford has turned out to be an excellent signing. Him and Brett Poate have got a fantastic understanding.
‘But you also have to look back and think we might have nicked both of those games 1-0.
‘You do want to turn some of those draws into wins because if you have too many draws in there, you start to lose touch with the pack.
‘But I think it shows we are going to be a difficult side to beat again. It’s a solid platform to build on.’
In a tight game, Borough created the better chances after the break and might have taken all three points if they had been able to convert one of three presentable opportunities that came their way.
A run from deep and a searching cross from Rory Williams picked out Justin Bennett at the far post but he was unable to direct his header on target.
Mike Carter might have done better with a powerful shot from close range after a clever lay-off from Ben Harding.
But the Maidenhead goalkeeper was able to palm the effort over.
And perhaps the closest either side came to a winner was when substitute Dan Wooden found space and grazed the upright with a trademark long-range effort.
Pike said: ‘I thought we played some scintillating football at times.
‘Maidenhead have got a completely different style and get it back to front very quickly.
‘I felt we dealt with that well and had the best chance late on with Dan Wooden’s shot.
‘We are undefeated and we could quite easily have had nine points out of nine.
‘Maidenhead will be a top-eight side this season, so a point away from home and a clean sheet has got to be another positive.’
GOSPORT BOROUGH: Ashmore, Cuthbertson, Williams, Carter, Poate, Woodford, Harding, Dunford, Wort (Wooden, 72min), Bennett, Barker. Subs not used: White, Scott, Walker, Ryan