Jamie Wright was pleased with a “worthwhile exercise” as his Wellingborough Town team suffered a 5-1 home defeat to a strong Kettering Town side at the Dog & Duck last night (Thursday).
The Doughboys struggled to contain the Poppies in the first half but improved as they game went on and were rewarded thanks to Brett Solkhon’s second-half own-goal.
But boss Wright believes his players can learn from the clash with their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division neighbours.
“It was good opposition, a good work-out and it was a great game for us to play,” the Doughboys manager said.
“I would rather play matches like that than go out and be up against teams from a lower level.
“We can learn a lot from teams like that so it was a worthwhile exercise.
“We are always going to try to play the same way. I want to play football and sometimes the lads get caught in the wrong areas but that’s something we will work on.
“We probably gave them three of their goals through individual errors so if we can cut them out then we will be fine. It’s progressing well and it’s going okay.
“I had five or six missing last night so it was a good chance for me to have a look at a couple of the other lads.
“We have trimmed the squad down and we have 18 now which is where I want us to be.”
Wellingborough’s preparations continue with a trip to Easington Sports tomorrow (Saturday) and Wright insists his full focus is on ensuring his team are ready for their opening ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division clash of the season at Leicester Nirvana on August 8.
“We have got Easington Sports tomorrow and they are a few of my old friends from when I played in the Southern League for Woodford,” he added.
“They did well last year and they are from the same level so it will be a good test.
“We can’t wait for the start of the season now, that’s what we are gearing up for.
“We won’t get too disheartened that we have been beaten by a better side from a higher level.
“We will go again and aim for what is going to be a cup final for us on the first day of the season.”