The Kempsey Saints showed a lot of improvement in their 4-1 victory against Boambee in their trial match on Saturday.
Coach Matthew Baker said it was a good sign for his side.
“It was a good performance and there was plenty of improvement from our first game against Port Saints,” Baker said.
“They have been training well. There is still a lot to do before the season starts but we are moving in the right direction.”
Baker said the Boambee side was down on numbers.
“They only sent about 17 or 18 players down and we only faced about six fresh players in first grade,” he said.
The reserve grade side drew 2-2 in an earlier match with the Saints team featuring players from the juniors sides.
The Saints will head to Tuncurry this Saturday to face the Tigers in the opening round of the FFA Cup.
“I am looking forward to the match. It should be a good hit out for the boys and it will be a good test to see where we are at,” Baker said.
“We are focused on the 2017 season but to progress in the FFA Cup will be great.”
The Football Mid North Coast season kicks off on Saturday April 22.
Kempsey Saints will begin the regular season on their home soil against Port United.
Meanwhile the Macleay Valley Rangers will be on the road against Wauchope.