PAUL Carden says his Warrington Town side’s defensive work has been one of the most pleasing parts of their solid start to the season.

Having only conceded four goals in seven games, Yellows have the best defensive record in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Furthermore, none of the efforts to have beaten goalkeeper Tony McMillan this campaign have come from inside the 18-yard box.

Carden says it is not just the defenders in his team that deserve credit for their miserly record.

“We’re defending really well as a team,” he said.

“The back five have defended our area brilliantly, but the rest of the team are back there putting in blocks as well.

“If you look at the goals that have gone in against us, they are all great strikes.”

While stressing Yellows’ positive opening to the season was a team effort, one player to come in for particular praise is Blackpool loanee Caleb Richards.

The 18-year-old has played in several positions since arriving at Cantilever Park and Carden has hailed his attitude as “refreshing.”

“Caleb has been outstanding since he’s come in. He works hard and there is a tenacity about him,” he said.

“He just gets on with things and that is what is most refreshing about him.

“The biggest compliment I can give him is that he just wants to play football. There aren’t many like that at his age who come from Football League academies.

“He’s played at right back, in central midfield and on the left wing since he’s been here, but he just gets on with it.”