Bath City’s draw with Newport County was “100 per cent” promising for boss Jerry Gill.
His Romans bounced back from a goal down at the interval to put in a sterling second-half performance against the League 2 outfit.
Ross Stearn netted what was a deserved leveller to get City off the mark in pre-season in another positive night for the manager, all in all.
“A really positive step in the right direction tonight,” Gill said. “First and foremost, when you come up against Newport you’ve got to be able to match them physically; their work-rate, their attitude, because that’s what’s Flynny [Mike Flynn] and Hats [Wayne Hatswell] demand off them.
“So a big thank you for those guys bringing them down, because it was a really competitive game for us.
“I thought our boys matched it, I thought they moved the ball excellently tonight, I thought our patterns were good.
“It’s always disappointing to concede goals, and we were disappointed with that one.
“We thought high up the pitch we could have done a little better when we’d lost it. Then once it’s got in our box we felt as if we could have done better.”