Dean Greygoose was pleased to see the work that has been done on the training pitch pay off as Kettering Town made it two wins out of two in pre-season.
The Poppies followed up their 1-0 victory over Southend Manor with a comfortable 5-0 success at ChromaSport & Trophies UCL Premier Division side Cogenhoe United on Wednesday.
The game saw Kettering give a first run-out to their contracted players, although a number of trialists featured once again as the club prepares for the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign.
And assistant-manager Greygoose was pleased with what he saw at Compton Park.
“John (Beck) and myself were very happy with it,” Greygoose said.
“There was a real feeling of the work we have been doing coming together.
“The players have worked hard on the training ground and we played some decent football at times and scored some good goals.
“We are two divisions higher than Cogenhoe and we are full-time so I guess we are expected to control the game for long periods.
“We feel we are making some progress.
“There are decisions to be made on trialists but that is happening and we are just making sure that any contracts that are given out are done in the right way.
“There have been some good things happening in training and it was nice to see that put into a match situation.
“But we are well aware there is a lot of work still to be done.”
The Poppies are back in friendly action again on Thursday when they face Stoke City’s under-21s at Nene Park (7pm) after a youth game between the two clubs at 5pm.