With our squad we have got another level to go to – Kelly
MIDFIELDER Marcus Kelly is confident Forest Green can adapt their style to suit any challenge in the Skrill Premier this season.
Rovers host Alfreton Town at the New Lawn tomorrow (3pm), fresh from bagging their first away win of the campaign at promoted Chester with the aid of two goals from corners.
Having served up scintillating football to destroy Hyde 8-0 on the opening day of the season – complete with a debut hat-trick by Kelly – Rovers perhaps made a rod for their own backs in terms of expectations from the terraces.
But the 27-year-old, signed from Tamworth during the close season, would be happy to see his new side continue to grind out results in their quest for promotion.
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Kelly said: "It was nice to get a couple of goals from set pieces (at Chester), which is something we hadn't done all season but something we've been working on in training.
"I think we're doing okay, although with the squad we've got I think we could do better and we've got another level to go to.
"That's all to come because we're just getting used to how each other play.
"Hopefully in a few more games we'll click.
"It was a great start to the season, and we'll take 8-0 all day long, but we know we're not going to bang out results like that every week.
"Chester didn't play pretty football, they hit it long. Most teams in the Conference are like that and it's something we've got to deal with."
Rovers' solid return of eight points from five games has been achieved in the absence of several key players, including defensive rock Jamie Turley and stellar summer signing Andy Mangan.
Five other first-team players missed the Chester victory, but Kelly has backed the absentees to play a "massive part" in Dave Hockaday's plans over the coming weeks and months.
"We've got a big squad which is full of quality, and if we're going to get promotion this year we're going to use everybody," said Kelly.
"People who are not involved at the moment or are injured will play a massive part in a few weeks to come, and that's what we're going to need."
Part-timers Alfreton have made an impressive start to 2013/13, winning three of their opening five matches to sit eighth in the table.
And Nicky Law's men won the most recent meeting between the clubs, triumphing 2-1 on the final day of last season to inflict Rovers' fifth straight defeat.
■Forest Green duo James Norwood and Matty Taylor have been selected in the England C Under-23 squad to play Latvia on Tuesday, September 10.