We have the Wright stuff – striker Ben
BEN Wright is convinced Forest Green can handle the pressure of being top dogs in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Tuesday night's 4-1 demolition of Ebbsfleet United was Rovers' fourth win in a row and left them a point clear at the summit – having accrued 17 points from seven unbeaten outings.
Tomorrow's clash at Grimsby Town (3pm) will unquestionably be a tougher test, but much-travelled forward Wright insists he and his team-mates are having too much fun to feel any burden of expectation.
The 24-year-old said: "The team spirit is unbelievable and I think there is less pressure on us now than in the summer.
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"We've had a great start and I don't think anyone expected us to be top of the league at this stage, apart from ourselves.
"Now we've done it and we're really happy, so hopefully we can carry on and make people chase us.
"I still think we can play better than we have and I don't see any reason why we can't stay where we are."
Signed on a two-year deal from Braintree Town in May, Wright netted his first goal for Forest Green against Hyde last weekend and followed up with 30-yarder against Ebbsfleet.
He has also proved to be an expert provider from free-kicks and corners, unusual for a striker but a role he is happy to embrace amid fierce competition for places at the New Lawn.
"I took all the set pieces last year at Braintree and managed to get a few assists, and I'm happy to do whatever the gaffer (Dave Hockaday) asks me to do," he said.
"We've got so many attacking options, and once we've got the lead in games we can kill teams off with the quality we've got.
"I've taken the two chances I've had so far and if I keep getting those chances I always back myself."
Grimsby overturned a two-goal deficit with 23 minutes left to draw 2-2 at Barrow in midweek, striker Anthony Elding their hero with a brace.
Jointly managed by Rob Hurst and Rob Scott, the Mariners have lost only one of their opening seven games yet are currently down in 12th place. Wright added: "Grimsby are a big club and it's always a hard place to go.
"But we don't fear anyone in this league and I think we can go there and be positive."
Rovers duo Jamie Collins and Magno Vieira have both been nursing minor hamstring strains this week but are expected to feature at Blundell Park.
But Jared Hodgkiss, Paul Green and Chris Stokes face several more weeks on the sidelines as they bid to recover their fitness after pre-season injuries.