Brackley Town manager Jon Brady says his squad will evolve further over the coming weeks following Saints’ 2-1 friendly loss to MK Dons on Tuesday evening.
Brady has kept the majority of last season’s squad together, with Tom Winters, James Clifton and Jefferson Louis the only players to leave.
Saints produced an encouraging performance against MK Dons with plenty of positive signs ahead of the 2013/14 Conference North season.
Brady said afterwards: “It was a good run-out and a chance to get a bit of fitness. Obviously we played two different teams.
“They played very well, although I thought we did first half. Second half we had a trialists and a lot of different players out, nearly a whole new team. Overall, it was for fitness tonight, that was our first game and it’s their sixth. We’ve had four sessions and they’ve been together four weeks, so for us I think it was a very positive work-out.
“Austin and Sharpe were excellent at the back, I thought they did very well but overall we were looking at some defending principles and we made it very hard for them to break us down.
“It’s our first game of pre-season, the squad will evolve over the next six weeks and trialists will come and go and we’ll have a look at people but it’s up to them to perform.
“We had Eric Odhiambo tonight – he could possibly be that striker we need although we’re having a look at Izak [Reid] in that position. That’s the one thing we lack at the moment, that out-and-out pace up front and possibly Izak could do it or Eric, Eddie’s brother. We’ll see.”
Brady also admitted he was wary ahead of Brackley’s second season in the Division following a superb debut season last year.
He added: “People know more about you in the second season and they know your game plan but our squad has evolved a bit more and we’ll have a third different squad by the time the season starts.
“Hopefully the new faces can add the freshness and the second season syndrome doesn’t happen. We’re fully aware of that, my players are still hungry and hurting from last year and we need to turn that hurt into good pain and turn it around and try to be as good, if not better, than last season.”