“We’ve set the standard now and we can’t drop below it!” – that’s the warning from Deeping Rangers’ stand-in skipper Scott Ginty.
He produced a man-of-the-match performance to lead Deeping to an opening-day win over Harborough Town.
Ginty will demand more of the same in another home game against Long Buckby in the UCL Premier Division on Saturday.
He said: “From a personal point of view I was really pleased with my performance but it’s all about the team.
“It’s only one win and we’ve got a long journey this season. We’re all in it together.
“We did well last season and we are looking to push on.
“After the first game we’re not getting ahead of ourselves but we know realistically what we are capable of doing.
“I felt very proud to captain the team in the first game when other players were not available.
“I took the responsibility and enjoyed it. I think being captain helped to raise my game. I will set my own standards with or without the armband.”
Ginty was particularly impressive during the second half last Friday when Deeping played with 10 men following the dismissal of his midfield partner Ben Lewis who had opened the scoring.
Ginty added: “I spoke to the referee and told him it was a harsh decision.
“He had let another tackle go by one of their players five minutes earlier.
“I thought Ben’s tackle was 50-50 but the referee took his time to think about it. Maybe he could have been a bit stronger but from my view it was definitely not a sending-off.
“However, going down to 10 men showed the togetherness of our squad. As a group we want to help each other.”