Dean Thomas was pleased to see his Kettering Town squad get some minutes under their belts in a friendly run-out against Huntingdon Town.
The Poppies have played just three competitive fixtures so far this year due to the heavy rain that has struck across the country with their Latimer Park pitch particularly being affected.
The friendly against the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division high-fliers was arranged following the postponement of Saturday’s Calor League Division One Central clash at Chertsey Town.
Kettering claimed a 5-2 victory on the 3G surface at the Buccleuch Academy with Elliot Sandy hitting a hat-trick while Josh Moreman and Ash Fuller also got on the scoresheet.
And boss Thomas admitted it was a relief to see his players get back in the swing of things as they prepare for what they hope will be a return to competitive action against Potters Bar Town at Latimer Park on Tuesday night.
“It was nice for the lads to play a game,” Thomas said.
“I think the players have been getting a bit frustrated so to have a game was a relief for everyone and it was a very worthwhile exercise.
“It wasn’t easy because the conditions were still tough with the wind and the rain but we scored a few goals and played some decent stuff.
“Footballers can forget things quite easily and it was important for them to refresh their minds of how we want to play and what is expected of them.
“It gave me a chance to have a look at players in different positions and their attitude was very good.
“They gave a good account of themselves and they will feel a lot better for having a game under their belts.”
The Poppies remain on a 13-match unbeaten run in the league but now find themselves seven points behind Beaconsfield SYCOB who currently sit in the final play-off place, although they do have three games in hand.