NANTWICH Town manager Nigel Gleghorn had mixed feelings after seeing his side defeat Shawbury 2-1 on Saturday.
'It was the first pre-season game we've won since I've been here so I'll probably get sacked now!,' he said.
Goals from Melford Knight and Gareth Brookes secured the win in a match which saw Gleghorn mix and match his squad with 19 players being used.
'I'm happy with the way pre-season has been going, particularly with the way we are playing. We've strengthened the squad and I think we've actually got a better squad this time than we had last year, but the majority of the lads were here last year.
`You can never read much into the pre-season games but overall I'm pleased.'
Nantwich will continue their build-up at Kidsgrove on Saturday, with the manager expecting to use the 18 players he sees as forming the basis of his senior squad with the exception of Lyndon Hall and Steve Jardine who are unavailable.
Meanwhile, an Alsager Town team twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Middlewich. The home side would have won it but for a last minute penalty miss by Lee Murphy.
Town defeated Leek Town 2-0 last Thursday thanks to goals from Karl Bayley and Simon Wilshaw while goalkeeper Rob Powner saved a penalty.
Alsager entertained Stafford Rangers last night and face a home game against Norton United on Tuesday (7.30pm). Alsager Town must battle through the preliminary round of this season's Cheshire UniBond Senior Cup after being drawn away at Cheadle Town in the opening stages of the competition. If Greg Clowes's men are successful, they will face a trip to Vauxhall Motors in the first round.
Nantwich Town will visit Warrington Town in the first round.