Spennymoor Town Assistant Manager Tommy Miller believes the 2-2 draw with Scarborough Athletic was a fair result.
Moors were two goals ahead at the interval thanks to a sublime lob from Rob Ramshaw and a sweet strike from Glen Taylor.
But a spirited Scarborough came back after the break, with Michael Coulson’s brilliant free-kick levelling the scoreline after Will Annan had bundled in a minute after the restart.
Neither side could find the decisive winner in the final 30 minutes of action on an afternoon of intense heat.
Miller, who is heading into his third season with the club, said: “I think we were in control in the first half and it was a good showing overall. We began the second half in a sloppy manner and got caught cold with the goal.
“The momentum went with them after that so I think it was a fair result. However, there were some good performances individually and collectively in the first half.
“You can’t underestimate how important it is to get minutes under the belt in pre-season. We played a very good team who will no doubt do well in their league this season.”
Miller also believes the new additions to the team have already proven their worth to the squad: “They’ve done well and settled in. They all bring something different to the table.
“The lads who were previously here have welcomed them in and we know we have a strong squad who are hoping to push on this season.”
Moors begin their 2018/19 campaign away to recently relegated Chester FC in three weeks, now under new management, and Miller thinks it will be a tough test on opening day: “It’s a great test. We will travel down there and give it our best shot like we always do.