Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was full of praise for his new-look side, after seeing them gain their first victory of the season on Tuesday night.
The Reds beat a strong Kidderminster Harriers side 3-1 at the Impact Arena, which was their first win against them in six games.
A brace from Dan Bradley against his former club and Tom Shaw’s first goal for the club were just three of several highlights of a terrific all-round performance.
Law said: “I thought the lads were excellent. I didn’t think we were that bad on Saturday, we weren’t obviously up to that level, but I felt we got robbed a little bit with the offside decision.
“We knew we had to be at our best. Big John Akinde has come in and made a world of difference for us.
“We have gone in front and Kidderminster have done what they do and that’s pass the ball, get it wide, get in the box, put some great delivery in the box and, if I am honest, Kidderminster are a lot better than last year.
“If we had come up against a Kidderminster side as good as that last year we would have come in 4-0 down at half time and we would have lost that game five or six nil, and that is testament to us.”
Law was disappointed with the way his side conceded but said it was a good all round performance.
“They are a good side and especially at 3-0 down they are having a go and I thought the back four was magnificent, the whole team was.
“If we go out and play with that tempo and that endeavour, get John Akinde fit, if we can keep reaching the levels of that we will take some stopping. I think we are good and we will get better.”
Alfreton began the season with a solitary goal defeat to Dartford, which was the third successive time they have lost their opening day away game since being promoted.