Harry Vince was delighted to make his Boston United debut - even if it was 10 months later than planned.
Back in January, with the Pilgrims leading Hednesford Town 3-1, the youth teamer was stripped off and ready for a late cameo, only for the full time whistle to deny him that first appearance.
But on Saturday the 17-year-old, and younger brother of former United goalkeeper Sam, was given the second half to impress against Brackley.
“I was unlucky last year, I was about to come on but the ref blew for the final whistle, but it was nice to finally make my debut,” said Vince.
“Hopefully, there’s more to come.
“Last season I think it was all about experience, this year it feels more real.
“The gaffer wants me to come in and do a job, I think I’ve done that.”
Boston may have been trailing 3-1 when Vince replaced Callum Chippendale at half time, but the Pilgrims pulled a second-half goal back to come within a whisker of a point.
And although he is by no means the biggest player on the pitch, he gave an assured holding performance in midfield as the Pilgrims came within a whisker of earning a point against the Saints.
“He showed a good reading of the game, a good tenacity and - when he was under pressure - he played good balls,” said manager Dennis Greene, who was also full of praise for fellow debutant Taylor Miles, who has joined the club on loan from Lincoln City.
“Vinno sat in there second half, he’s had a fantastic 45 minutes.
“He’s got a great head on his shoulders and I’m sure he can go far.”