First-year professional Tom Macauley said the team worked extremely hard as the Under-23s defeated North Ferriby FC 5-1.
Finishes from Sincere Hall, Oliver Green, Will Jarvis, Aman Panesar and Keegan Green saw Richard Naylor’s side start pre-season off with a win, as well as retaining the Billy Bly Memorial Trophy.
“I thought the boys put in an excellent shift in the first game of pre-season,” said Macauley.
“Everyone worked hard and looked to put into practice what we’ve been doing for the past three to four weeks.
“I was delighted with my own performance. Being able to help the team out, keep a clean sheet, get the win and retain the Billy Bly Memorial Trophy is a great feeling.
“I thought the boys overall were class and it was great for Aman (Panesar) and Keegan (Green) to come up and play for the Under-23s and make a massive difference regarding the scoreline.”
The shot-stopper produced a string of impressive saves when coming on as a second-half substitute for Harry Fisk, and he will be looking to replicate that performance against Grimsby Town on Tuesday.
Speaking ahead of the behind-closed-doors friendly against the Mariners and the recent appointment of new Lead U23 Professional Development Phase Coach Conor Sellars, Macauley said: “I’m looking forward to the game on Tuesday against Grimsby Town.
"I’m hoping to get the opportunity to play and if I do, I want to make an impact again.
“Recently, we’ve had a new coach come in (Conor Sellars) and we’re trying to play the way he wants us to play. He has come in and I think he’s made an impact already.
“You can see it in the boys that they’re alert and training hard and I think he’s made a good impact on the team as a whole.”