WREXHAM'S Wales under-21 international Mark Jones got the Dragons' League Two campaign off to a flying start with a superb goal which earned him a well-deserved pat on the back from his manager Denis Smith.
"I just put my head down and hit it and it was nice to see it go in," said the modest Jones. "It's up there with the best of the goals I've scored."
But no-one in the Racecourse camp is taking anything for granted, despite the ease with which they overcame Boston United.
The Dragons travel to Notts County tomorrow and Jones added: "It was a good start, but we've got a big game on Tuesday and we've got to keep it going and see if we can win our first few games.
"We need to improve as the season goes on, but I thought we played them off the park to be honest.
"Although we've got a small squad we have good quality and I thought there were a few contenders today for man-of-the-match."
Racecourse boss Smith was delighted with both Jones and his side's overall display, saying: "It was an excellent start and and excellent performance.
"The scoreline didn't flatter us and we could have had it finished a lot earlier than we actually did, but I was pleased with the clean sheet and the performance all-round.
"I told everyone upstairs before the game how good Mark Jones was at Glentoran last week and he's done it again today.
"It was a great strike and I think he's going to have a super season because he's matured tremendously since last year and hopefully that will continue throughout the season."
Smith also made a point of individually praising each of his summer signings, including Racecourse new boy Lee Roche, who was also on the scoresheet. "I'm delighted for Roche because he's still getting used to being a wing-back," he added. "To have him up there in the box that late on in the game shows his energy and that goal will do him the world of good.
"The clean sheet was the important thing and the back three did extremely well. Dave Bayliss was my man-of-the-match. I thought he organised and read everything extremely well, considering their front two, who have had all the publicity this week.
"Mike Ingham really has not had a serious shot to save, but what he had to do he did well and I think our front two are a handful.
"I've got a lot of time for Jon Walters; I think he's a very good player, there's no substitute for quality and he's ambitious. Lee (McEvilly) is the unknown factor but he was getting his shots away and he's going to score goals."
Dean Bennett, whose run set up the second goal, has shown impressive form in pre-season but started Saturday's game on the bench and Smith said: "Benno was very unfortunate not to start today.
"I was very much in two minds which pair to start with and I went with the other two but I knew Dean would give us a lift if we needed it. Boston pushed their two wide lads wide further up the field later in the game, which gave Dean the opportunity to run at them."
And the Racecourse boss could find no fault in an opening day attendance of around 4,500, that included just 213 visiting fans.
"I was delighted with the crowd," he said.. "It's the first game of the season, a lot of people are on holiday at the moment and we were playing Boston which is not the closest side we'll play.
"So I think 4,500 is a very good start for us. They were extremely good in terms of the encouragement they gave us." DeenniissSSmmiitthh