Nick Townsend post-Bradford

Nick Townsend believes clean sheets are down to "team efforts" as the goalkeeper goes in search of his fourth successive shutout against Colchester United on Tuesday evening.

County, who sit top of the Sky Bet League Two table after eight games, have maintained a spotless record in their last three games, with their 2-1 away defeat to Cambridge United being the last time they conceded a goal.

The 3-0 win against Bradford City on Saturday ensured the Exiles made their best ever start to an English Football League campaign, with their resolute defensive performances helping Michael Flynn's men on their way to setting the record.

And Townsend praised his back-line for the positive start that County have enjoyed.

He said: “The lads have been unbelievable - Matty [Dolan], Mickey [Demetriou], Coops [Brandon Cooper] and whoever steps in.

"I’ve hardly had any shots to make in the last few games and haven’t had a lot to do.

“It’s alright me getting a clean sheet, but at the same time it’s a team effort.”

Townsend has made 11 apperances in all competitions at the start of the season, and the shot-stopper believes that the battle between him and Tom King for the starting berth is as competitive as ever.

“I think that’s what we need,” he added.

“If you look at our team now and the lads that have come in, there’s competition everywhere. Everyone’s got to be on their toes because they want to keep their shirt.

“It’s tough competition between me and Kingy [Tom King]. He’s an outstanding keeper and I think the club’s lucky to have two goalkeepers that could be number one and step in at any time."