WESTERN NSW FC are on the right path heading into their upcoming Football NSW State League season with a comfortable trial win over Bathurst's Panorama FC.
The margin was a comfortable one for the Western men but the game was less about the score and more about achieving goals with fitness and structure.
Western certainly ticked both those boxes in Sunday's game.
"I just wanted the boys on the pitch and playing a game, that's what it was about. We've worked hard on fitness and that showed, which I was happy to see," Western coach Mark Rooke said.
"Not all the boys were there for the game, with a few who couldn't be there, but that'll come over the next few weeks and we can start putting it together."
Western didn't bring out their finalised formation for the pre-season clash but still looked like a cohesive unit, despite being unable to fill a complete side.
Rooke said minutes on the field were priority number one.
"We've been working on a different formation at training. We didn't play that for this game but over the coming weeks we'll work on that. This was all just minutes in the legs," he said.
"I felt last year we were probably a little underdone fitness-wise, and I'll put my hand up for that. That's the coach's fault. I'm trying to implement more games and more football conditioning in the pre-season this year."
Western have trial games penned in for every weekend leading up to the start of the season, hoping to maintain momentum.
This weekend Western will travel to Mudgee to face Newcastle-based side Kotara South FC, a club featuring several Central West talents.
Following that Western face Wagga Wagga in Young and finish the pre-season with a match away against Lithgow.
Rooke is hopeful of seeing not just the first grade side continue their encouraging form over those games, but also the under 20s and 18s squads.
The younger teams also made a big impression in their trial matches over the weekend.
"I've got guys in under 20s who are busting the door down to play first grade," he said.
"I could not be happier with the way they performed on Sunday. That's exactly what you want. Our senior guys saw that and they could see them pushing for a spot, which is pleasing."
Sunday's match was also an important step for Panorama in the lead up to their debut Western Premier League season.
Panorama will be sole Bathurst side taking part in the re-launched competition.