Gillingham's Scott Malone is taking nothing for granted ahead of Colchester United's visit this weekend.

Top meets bottom at Priestfield as League Two's 100 per cent leaders host Ben Garner's pointless basement boys on Saturday.

Gills have won all four of their matches this season by a 1-0 scoreline, while also knocking Championship club Southampton out of the EFL Cup with a 3-1 victory.

U's, meanwhile, have suffered three successive losses in the league, snatching a 3-2 defeat from the jaws of victory against MK Dons last weekend, and bowed out of the EFL Cup on penalties at Cardiff City.

But experienced defender Malone, who joined the Kent club on a free transfer from Millwall in the summer, says there can be no room for complacency.

“Colchester this weekend will be dangerous," he told the club website.

"You can’t look at the table, it is 11 v 11. We need to keep our winning mentality.

“We have won our first five games, which is really good and I don’t think I have started like that, ever.

“We do not want to get carried away but at the same time you have to take confidence from the last five games and take that into the next five games."

The 32-year-old added: “I am really enjoying it and I love being here. This is only a start and it needs to continue.

“There is a good environment here and there is a real project here. The club is going forward and I want to be part of it.

“The supporters are amazing and the away following is superb. We are going to need our supporters coming here in numbers, we need their support."

Gills added former U's striker Macauley Bonne to their ranks recently and he came off the bench in the 1-0 win at Crawley last weekend.

Garner saw Luton loanee Joe Taylor net twice, meanwhile, to cancel out an early Mo Eisa goal and they looked like securing the points for U's.

But U's old boy Alex Gilbey netted against his former club, then set up Matt Dennis for an injury-time winner.

"Disappointed to go behind, but great reaction," said Garner.

"We showed real tenacity and bravery to respond and get straight back into the game.

"Two really good goals, really well worked, and we had numerous opportunities to go further ahead.

"We shot ourselves in the foot, not once but twice."

Garner acknowledged the amount of young players U's had on the field in the closing stages, but was not using that as an excuse for defeat.

"We were really young at the end and that's not an excuse. That's a fact of where we are," he said.

"Apart from Conor Hall I think everybody else on the pitch is under the age of 23.

"It's a learning curve for some of those young players, but I don't make excuses for that.

"Whether you're 18, 28 or 38, you need to do your job, track runs, land on second balls and do the basics of the game.

"If you're not going to do that at any age, you're not going to have a career in the game.

"There was really good elements to the performance and I thought individually there was some excellent performances.

"Lots of positives to take but the big disappointment is the result."