MALPAS crashed 10-0 at UEFA Cup team TNS on Saturday, but manager Tommy Lloyd was far from down-hearted.
The Welsh Premier League runnersup, who meet Manchester City in their European adventure, have 20 professionals and Malpas had to field a depleted team in their first pre-season friendly.
But Lloyd, whose opposite number, Ken McKenna was a team-mate at Telford, was delighted with his players' commitment. 'It was the best day we have had for a long time,' he said.
'I got more out of this game than I did from winning the Ethelston Cup. The players gave everything and were applauded off the pitch by the TNS players and supporters.'
Malpas have two more home friendly matches next week - against Christleton reserves on Monday and Northwich reserves on Wednesday, both kicking off at 6.30pm.
Added Lloyd: 'It is going to be tougher in the Mid-Cheshire League this season with another division and more clubs involved, and I only want players who are fully committed to the club.'
* Vauxhall boss Alvin McDonald is all set for the Motormen's f irst friendly of the summer, against Tranmere Rovers at Rivacre Park on Saturday, and has made four additions to his squad.
Bootle-based Chris Whelan has signed for the club after returning to the area through his job. The 28-year-old central defender has previously played in the Ryman Premier Division for Kingstonian.
McDonald said: 'Chris is a good, experienced campaigner but the rest of the lads I've brought in so far are all youngsters who I'm looking at for the long-term.'
Central midf ielder Neil McCann, 18, of Heswall, has arrived from Shrewsbury Town and trained with Vauxhalls last season after being released from Gay Meadow, although he went on to play for Welshpool to get some competitive games under his belt.
Liverpool-based Chris Jewell, 17, has come to Rivacre Park from UniBond Premier Division champions Accrington Stanley.
McDonald added: 'Chris was picked up by John Coleman last year following a summer tournament, but he never really got a chance in their first team as they have such a big squad. He plays wide midfield but can also play up front in a three-man system.'
Striker Martin Molyneaux, also 17, has put pen to paper with the Motor-men after being with Witton Albion last season.
McDonald is looking forward to tomorrow's game with Tranmere but is expecting a tough time. He said: 'We're struggling as Wayne McDermott has a groin strain, Andy McMullen has been to see a specialist about another operation on his scar tissue and Nicky Young has blisters. Mike Tomlinson will also be unavailable.
'Every year, Tranmere have sent a stronger side than their previous visit and I expect there will be plenty of first-teamers involved this time.'
* Tomorrow's game kicks off at 3pm. TNS visit on Tuesday (7.30pm).