SOLIHULL Moors manager Tim Flowers was given further encouragement as his side made it five pre-season victories on the bounce against Burton Albion.
The Moors recorded a 3-2 win over the League One side at the Automated Technology Group Stadium on Tuesday night with Flowers taking charge in the home dugout for the first time.
“Burton did us proud really with the personnel they brought, it was fantastic for us,” said Flowers.
“It’s not very often you see ex-England internationals running around on our pitch.
“We had to make sure we didn’t get embarrassed and I thought we did well.
“We worked really hard, scored some great goals, hit the post and had one disallowed.
“We had one or two walking wounded before the game, but they managed to get through most of it and then we made a raft of changes at the end which is never ideal.
“I’ve got 15 outfield players and one goalkeeper right now, so some of these younger lads are going to have to step up to the plate and supplement what we’ve got.
“I was impressed with some of the stuff we did, especially going forward.
“We managed to create problems, get balls in the box and some of our set plays were okay.
“All in all, it was a tough run out and the lads can be pleased with themselves.”
After four clean sheets on the bounce, Ryan Boot’s goal was breached by Joe Sbarra and Chris Beardsley, the only real dampener on what was a good night’s work.
“They were the first two goals we’ve conceded this pre-season against a very good side,” Flowers continued.
“It was disappointing one was a set play where we lost first contact and the second phase – that hopefully won’t happen too often this season.”
With just one solitary friendly against Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday left to complete the schedule before the Vanarama National League season kicks-off a week on Saturday, Flowers is feeling optimistic heading into the opener against Eastleigh.
“If my eyes aren’t deceiving me, we look to be in a decent place,” he said.
“We’ve got a fairly experienced bunch, there’s a good spirit, we’re big and strong and we’ll be playing our football – our style, if you like.”
Meanwhile, Moors have launched their new home and away kits for the new season which will be worn for the first time in the friendly against Kidderminster.