JOHN Coventry believes the National League South is set to be stronger than ever this season.

His Rocks team are still searching for their first point after three matches and host unbeaten Eastbourne Borough tonight.

But Coventry believes there were positives following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Torquay.

“I didn’t know what to expect on Saturday as they are decent but we did OK,” he said. “I wasn’t disappointed in the way we played, although we conceded two bad goals.

“There are signs there. I need to get Sam Higgins back not just because of the goals but because we need to hold the ball up better. There is too much pressure on the defence.

“Eastbourne will want to pass the ball but I am noticing the league seems so much stronger in general. We will find it tough this year.”

Coventry added he was also impressed with debutant Alfie Egan, who joined on loan from AFC Wimbledon following the release of Albert Levett and Sammy Knott.

“Alfie played well,” he said. “He was recommended to me by former Kingstonian manager Tommy Williams.”