Dean Greygoose was left with mixed feelings after Kettering Town opened up their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign with a goalless draw at Weymouth.
The Poppies’ assistant-manager felt his team edged the game on chances and was disappointed none of those were converted.
But he was pleased with a solid start to the season as Kettering made early inroads into their 10-point deduction, which was imposed after the club entered a CVA during the summer.
“It was one of those game where both sides cancelled each other out,” Greygoose said.
“Myself and John (Beck, Poppies manager) were slightly disappointed because we just weren’t quite there.
“We didn’t put the game plan totally into action like we had done during pre-season.
“Having said that, we probably had the better chances. Omar Beckles was denied by a last-ditch challenge and there were other opportunities.
“Weymouth have shown us that this is going to be a very tough division, which we knew it would be anyway.
“There were some of our fans talking to us after the game who were saying that they would have taken a 0-0 before the match.
“That isn’t the way John and I see it, we wanted more.
“But we are a new team and it will take a bit of time to get things spot on.
“We have to keep building the confidence within the squad and ensure that these boys believe in themselves.”
The Poppies take on Hemel Hempstead Town in their first home game of the season at Nene Park on Tuesday night.
Poppies: Gathercole, Burns, Raford, Palmer, Gerring, Hervel (sub King, 84 mins), Bonnett-Johnson, Beckles, Mayo, Byerley, Griffiths. Subs not used: Peake, Bolaji, Langston, Walker.