MISSING key players Stuart Windsor, Matt Hudson and Charlie Norman proved no deterrent for Calne Town at the weekend as they breezed past county rivals Corsham Town 2-0 in Toolstation League Division One.

Jamal Chevelleau scored on the stroke of half-time before Nathan Davis added Calne’s second with eight minutes remaining.

Three points kept Ben Redford’s side top of the table on Saturday night, and the Lilywhites joint-manager revealed his surprise with regards to the positive results his youthful XI have been churning out this term.

A surprise defeat to Warminster Town a week earlier may also have acted as the kick up the backside Calne required amid their push to remain in the promotion frame come the turn of the year.

Redford, who manages Calne alongside Trevor Rawlings, said: “The better team won at the weekend, fact.

“Saturday proved to me the quality of our squad. But we only get three points for the win, nothing else.

“Missing Stuart, Matt and Charlie was a blow – all three of them start when they’re fit.

"Losing to Warminster was a bit of a wake-up call. One defeat and suddenly the teams below us had caught up.”

Following Calne’s eighth-placed finish last season, a number of high-profile players opted to leave the club in search of a fresh challenge.

That situation prompted Redford and Rawlings to back the club’s younger players – a bold move which is now evidently paying dividends.

Following Saturday’s convincing win, the management duo now face a further selection headache ahead of this weekend’s crucial trip to third-placed Sherborne Town.

Redford added: “You feel pressure. We all enjoyed Saturday, but the first thing myself and Trevor did on Sunday was ponder what team we select for this weekend.

“That constant pressure is there, but you thrive off it when you win. We can’t take our foot off the gas because we know every team is going to step up their game when they play us.

“We’re there to be shot at, and that’s what Warminster did to us. I hope we can learn from that – we’re still a young team.

“There are a lot of hungry young lads that want to prove they belong at this level, that’s why we’re doing so well.

“We had a better squad on paper last year, and of course players have surprised me.

“But now looking at it, we’re not surprised – we have a very good team. The club is in a good place at the moment.”

Elsewhere in Division One, Warminster were 3-0 winners away at Almondsbury.

Francois Allen, Ian Jeffery's penalty and an own goal wrapped up the points.

Devizes Town were beaten 2-1 at Longwell Green Sports.

Charlie Buckingham got Devizes' goal.