HOLLAND FC manager Paul Phelan believes his "dynamic" players have become a tough nut to crack.

The coastal side are fifth in Thurlow Nunn League first division south and stretched their unbeaten run to five games, after drawing 1-1 at Coggeshall United on Tuesday night.

In that time they have won three times, including a 2-1 victory at title-chasing Little Oakley.

"I don't expect us to lose to anyone and it feels like the players have bought into that mentality," said Phelan.

"It's showing in their performances because we're dynamic, while also being more secure.

"If you look at recent games, we've been more solid than flamboyant but we've been professional and dealt with what's in front of us.

"The boys that we've brought in have added to the squad and it's a good place to be.

"We can still play better but, crucially, we've become hard to beat.

"I trust my players and have faith in the whole squad, including the substitutes.

"I look at my bench and see players with the ability to change matches.

"It's very healthy and having strength and depth like that makes a real difference."

Anthony Spyrou gave Holland a dream start with a goal in the first minute at West Street, on Tuesday.

However, Chiagozie Emeh equalised before half-time for the Seedgrowers.

Meanwhile, Phelan has sung the praises of recent recruit Adie Cant.

"Adie has been a breath of fresh air," said the Holland boss, whose side have a home date with Benfleet on Saturday.

"He's so comfortable on the ball and has made a massive difference.

"I always knew he was a good player and wanted to sign him before.

"However, even I didn't realise quite how good he is."

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Brightlingsea Regent made the long trip to the Sussex coast for a BetVictor Isthmian League premier division contest at Bognor Regis Town.

Kem Izzet's side lost 3-2 after an explosive start featuring four goals in 18 minutes.

Bognor soon built a 3-1 lead, with Jake Turner on target for the R's.

Lewis Byrne-Hewitt then grabbed a late second for the visitors but they still finished empty-handed.

Regent are away to Kingstonian on Saturday.