Tommy Wright insists there’s more to come from his Corby Town team after they were held to a second successive draw in midweek.
The Steelmen followed up the 0-0 opening-day stalemate with Matlock Town with a 1-1 draw at Halesowen Town on Tuesday night.
Callum Ball headed Corby in front but Ethan Delaney levelled on the stroke of half-time with neither side able to grab a winner before Connor Kennedy was sent off for an alleged stamp in stoppage-time.
Wright admitted his players were “dejected” after the game but, as they prepare for Saturday’s trip to Whitby Town, he believes they can push on in the new surroundings of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.
“The lads looked so dejected after the game,” he said.
“But I was quick to point out to them that they are a new team, they are in a new division, the teams they’ve played haven’t been able to beat them and, in my opinion, they have been the better side in both games.
“It was disappointing to concede the goal just before half-time because they never really threatened us before that.
“We got our noses in front and we have had chances to go and get a second goal but then they have got one, which was really poor by our standards.
“But even in the second half we have had two or three chances to go and get that winner but we couldn’t find it.
“It was one of those nights where we probably had 75 per cent of the play but couldn’t turn it into goals.
“But I am not concerned, there’s still plenty more to come from this group of players.”
Kennedy’s sending-off in stoppage-time means the full-back will now face a three-match ban, which will start after Saturday’s trip to Whitby Town.