Boston United have shown they’re ready for the rough and tumble of the National League North, says boss Dennis Greene.
Saturday’s Lincolnshire Cup contest against Lincoln City was the club’s first competitive clash of the season.
And in a fixture with plenty of needle for this time of year, the United boss says he was pleased with the way his squad stood up to be counted.
“It was really good. I thought in the first half we were the better side and made some good opportunities,” said Greene after the goalless draw.
“I think the second half, the five substitutions they made, put them a little bit ahead in the second half.
“But they never really stretched us.”
Lincoln went on to progress after a 4-1 penalty shoot-out success.
Ironically, it was the Pilgrims’ first competitive fixture since last season’s play-off semi-final defeat to Chorley - also settled on penalties.
However, Greene knocked back suggestions of a shoot-out jinx, even if he did joke about changing his recruitment plans.
He added: “The most important thing for us is the 90 minutes and a good workout - we haven’t been beaten.
“The penalties, they’re just nice if you go through.
“It wasn’t quite the tension of last year - but it seems like I need to start looking at players who can take penalties.
“We look pretty much fit and ready, we’re looking sharp, physically strong and organised at the back.”