Neil Aspin was enouraged by what he saw during FC Halifax Town’s 7-0 win against Scarborough in their first pre-season run-out.
Town overpowered their Northern Premier League Division One South opponents and were 4-0 up by half-time on a sunny afternoon at the Shay.
The Town boss said there were plenty of good signs in what was his team’s first match of the new campaign.
He said: “Pre-season is not about results but when you’re playing a home game and against a team that’s a few levels below, you obviously want to win the game and alarm bells would ring if you’re going to lose.
“It is important that you get the right result but when you’ve got a lot of new players and you’re only a week into pre-season and you’ve not played together, there were a lot of good signs so it’s an encouraging start.”
Centre-back Marc Roberts was one of six new signings to make their first appearances in a Town shirt, and bagged a brace, as did Kevin Holsgrove and Alex Johnson, with Lee Gregory also getting on the scoresheet.
Aspin was pleased with Roberts’ first impression and is confident the former Buxton player can make the step up to the Conference Premier.
The Town boss added: “He’s hungry to do well, he’s got a lot of potential at 22, he’s got the right height and attitude that we want.
“Without putting any pressure on him he is someone that can go further we hope and one that can really push on by moving up a couple of levels.
“He’s done well at the level he was at and now he’s wanting to get up the ladder and this is a good step for him.
“It’s up to him to show what he can do but it’s a great start for him. He scored two goals from corners where after about a few thousand corners last year we only got one!”
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