Despite perfect start, Whitton United boss Shane Coldron keeping his feet on the floor

Tom Bradlaugh, right, has been a key part of Whitton's early success

Tom Bradlaugh, right, has been a key part of Whitton's early success

Two games, two wins - including a 7-0 away whipping of Cornard United. You could forgive Whitton United boss Shane Coldron for getting a bit excited about the prospects for his side’s season in Thurlow Nunn Division One.

But Coldron is determined to keep his feet – and the boots of his charges – firmly on the floor ahead of their home clash with Downham Town this weekend.

“It’s a positive start,” he said. “It’s a young group we’ve put together this year but they are gelling really well.

“I must say that the work of my backroom staff – Rob Matherson (goalkeeping coach), Will Allen (strength and conditioning) and Robbie Knott (assistant) – has been a big part of that, their hard work and assistance has been vital.”

Whitton started with a 2-1 triumph over Kings Lynn before heading to Cornard and hitting a super seven in midweek.


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And coming off that big win in West Suffolk, a game in which all his strikers scored and his side were 5-0 up at the break, Coldron is wary of over-confidence in his youthful squad.

“That was probably one of the best, if not the best, first half performance I’ve witnessed,” he said.

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“We brought three older players in – Chris Williams, Scott Marjoram and Tom Bradlaugh – but the remainder of the squad are really young, an average age of 22, and those older players have led them well, the mix of youth and experience has been great so far.

“But we’re not getting carried away – it’s only two games into a long season, and there’s bound to be many tough tests and times ahead.”

Coldron has a fully-fit squad to choose from for the visit of Downham, and thinks that will be a key part of the battle for his side in the months ahead.

“We’ve got to be mindful, with a young squad, that they don’t get burnt out,” he explained. “If we can maintain that squad then we can really do something this season.

“Top six is the target that we have, but if you speak to me again in December that might change!”

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