THERE is no need to panic at Caernarfon Town after they suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season.

The Canaries have enjoyed a fantastic start to the JD Cymru Premier season before reverses to Connah’s Quay Nomads and Cefn Druids, both away from home, in recent weeks.

They already look to have avoided the second season syndrome that blights the majority of teams in the top flight following initial success, which is a testament to their ambition and willingness to improve under manager Sean Eardley.

This is a club that has undoubtedly been a breath of fresh air for the Cymru Premier over the last 18 months, and the Cofis’ have picked up where they left off last term and have already turned over defending champions The New Saints during the initial stages of the campaign.

It is not inconceivable to see them occupying a top six berth at the split for the second consecutive year, which would be an achievement in itself, so although a pair of defeats is no ideal it is far from the end of the world in terms of their overall objectives.

Eardley is one of the brightest young managers anywhere in the country and has surpassed the levels set by Iwan Williams, developing a strong tactical awareness based on a solid footing has seen the club become one of the most rigid teams to break down within the division.

Although scoring goals has been a problem at the other end at times, providing you have a strong base to keep you in games from which to build then you are always going to give yourself a chance, something which the Canaries have put to good use with a series of narrow victories to give them a good platform.

Summer signing Leo Smith has been an absolute revelation in the middle of the park, providing a much-need injection of vision and creativity that has seen him enhance his reputation as one of the brightest young prospects you are likely to see plying their trade in the Cymru Premier.

His ability with the ball at his feet is second to none and Smith is also coming up with vital goals from the midfield area, something that can only be a good thing as he continues to adapt to his relatively new surroundings.

Another hugely positive element of the season so far has been the form of striker Jamie Breese, who has come to life after finding things difficult last term.

Nobody could ever question the work rate of the former Llanidloes Town man last term even though goals did seem hard to come by, but after being challenged by the management team during the summer he is making the most of the chances presented to him this time around and improving his tally in the process.

Consistent goal scorers are hard to find at this level, so if Breese can keep this up as the season goes on then it is going to improve the club’s fortunes considerably.

Town have some winnable games coming up in the form of Carmarthen Town, Newtown, Pen y Bont and Cardiff Met, with the Cofis’ also taking on title chasing Barry Town United during a crucial period heading into the festive fixture list.

The next few weeks are pivotal both in terms of the split and avoiding further complications in form, but there are plenty of reasons to be positive from a Town perspective despite things dropping off slightly over the last fortnight.