Boss Andy Peaks says tough pre-season games will tell him what his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side are made of.
Diamonds tonight (Tuesday) welcome Biggleswade Town to the Dog & Duck (7.45pm) having last weekend suffered a last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Enfield Town.
Enfield are preparing for the new season in the Ryman Premier Division while Biggleswade will play in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
Diamonds kick off next season in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central Division and Peaks said: “We’ve deliberately picked tough games because we learn more from them.
“You don’t learn much from watching your team canter to a 6-0 win.
“I’m not too worried about results at the moment as long as I can see positive signs when we play.”
Peaks took positives from the game at Enfield.
He included trialists Delroy Gordon, Steve Spriggs and Harry May in the side and they were only beaten by a late goal after Tom Lorraine had levelled the scores.
Peaks said Enfield’s winner was “miles offside” and added: “It was a good work-out and a tough game.
“We had a few players missing because of holidays and other commitments, but the players who were there got a lot of fitness out of the match.
“They had to work hard because we were under a lot of pressure. We defended well as a team.”