Tommy Wright declared himself happy as Corby Town kicked off life back in the Vanarama National League North with a 2-2 draw at fellow newly-promoted side Curzon Ashton.
Things couldn’t have started much better for the Steelmen as Ash Sammons fired them in front with the season just 30 seconds old.
Gary Burnett struck twice to put Curzon 2-1 up but Sammons struck again with 13 minutes to go to earn the Steelmen a point.
Corby went into the game without influential skipper Cleveland Taylor, who was away on a pre-arranged holiday but we will be back for the first home game of the new campaign against Gloucester City on Wednesday night.
And, although he felt his team let their opponents back into the game after their flying start, boss Wright was fairly content following the first outing of the season.
“Overall, I am happy,” the Steelmen manager said.
“It was disappointing after having such a great start with the early goal because I thought we let them back into it a bit too easily.
“They were a good passing team with three players in the middle of the pitch who got on the ball for them. To be honest, if Cleveland had been in there then it could have made all the difference.
“But there were lots of positives for us. Paul Walker made some outstanding saves, Ash has scored both goals and I thought the other new boys also did well for us.
“We have gone away from home on the first day and not been beaten, which is good because there will be a lot of teams who go to Curzon and lose this season.
“If we had come away beaten after taking the lead after 30 seconds then I would have been disappointed and angry.
“But there was enough for me to take away from the game.
“It’s a point away from home and we will take it and move on to the next one on Wednesday night.
“It’s the first home game of the season and we are looking forward to it.”