GARETH Owen has pinpointed a change in mentality as the reason why Airbus UK Broughton have made such an impressive start to the season.
The Wingmakers player-boss swooped for a string of signings in the summer which has left him with options all over the pitch.
Owen, though, has so far been reluctant to fully utilise his large squad in the league, as the players in possession of the starting berths have won two and drawn one of their first three matches.
Their second success, last Friday's 1-0 victory over Bangor in front of a 300-plus crowd at the Airfield, heightened the confidence flowing through the camp.
Owen said: 'The difference between this year and last is that we're going into every game believing we can win.
'That's not to say we didn't have that at times last year, but the lads we've brought in over the summer have given us that extra confidence.
'Even if we go a goal down, we always fancy our chances of getting back into it. We've got lads on the bench who can make an impact and when you looked at bench last year, we often had three defenders there. And no disrespect, but they're not going to come on and change a game for you.
'But we're also going into games thinking we're not going to concede, so it's a completely different approach, mentally, from what we've had in the past.'
The hard-fought win over Bangor, given to them by James McIntosh's second goal of the campaign, sent the Wingmakers top, albeit for the night.
'The workrate was there, we kept the ball well, passed the ball well and basically did most things right,' said Owen, whose men dropped to fourth following Saturday's results.
'They never really looked like breaking us down and that's been the case for most of the season so far.'
Owen is likely to stick with the team that started against Bangor for Sunday's long trip to Port Talbot (2.30pm).
However, he had praise for the second-string side that lost 1-0 at Newi Cefn Druids in Tuesday night's Loosemores Challenge Cup Group Three clash, a match in which Airbus finished without a recognised goalkeeper after Chris Doran was hurt in the build up to the 54th-minute winner. Winger Neil Wynne took over the gloves.