Christian Dibble admits he is having to learn to toughen up between the sticks.
The Boston United keeper has confessed that the physicality of the National League North is rougher and tougher than he first imagined.
But the summer signing has vowed that there will be no more Mr Nice Guy out of the pitch.
“I’m still getting used to getting clattered,” said the 22-year-old, who is still making the transition from academy football with Barnsley.
“It’s hard, to learn in training, to replicate getting smashed.
“I’ve just got to be aggressive. If they’re getting aggressive to me in matches then I’ve got to give it back.”
Dibble, who played a handful of games with National League South Chelmsford last season, is still learning his trade.
But while he has already proven his worth as a fine shot-stopper, the more rugged aspects, such as claiming crosses in packed penalty areas, are things he and coach Michael Emery have identified for improvement.
“I thought the Conference North would be like the Conference South, but it’s a totally different game,” Dibble added.
“It’s all about getting on the keeper, crash and hit him.
“I need to learn from the first few games.
“I don’t think I’ve done badly, I just need to deal with those balls in.”
Dibble will now be hoping to add to his first clean sheet of the season as the Pilgrims face a Bank Holiday double.
On Saturday, United host Kidderminster Harriers, recently relegated from the National League.
This will be followed by Monday’s trip to Gloucester City.
Both matches will kick off at 3pm.