Forfar Athletic boss Dick Campbell knows better than most that pre-season results mean nothing compared to form when the season properly kicks off.
But the gaffer is nonetheless chuffed to see how his players have performed in their four friendlies to date, with the mix of youth and experience at Station Park looking like the perfect blend.
And Campbell believes his side have been playing some beautiful football - a style he wants them to play given the quality pitch at the club’s home.
Speaking to the Dispatch, Dick said: “You can see that we are trying to play passing football that is conducive to that pitch. We played some great stuff and bear in mind that we’re missing Baxter, Young, Fotheringham - these are all boys that are going to enhance your team.
“It’s very difficult to read into anything from pre-season games. When I was manager of Dunfermline we won seven pre-season games and lost the first six league games. At Partick Thistle we got beat in the six pre-season games and won the first seven league games.
“We’re sitting on 19 players now, I’m looking to have 21 at least for the start of the season. We’ve got Dundee United on Wednesday which will be a big crowd and it’s a massive game away to Arbroath on Saturday, then we’re up and running.”
Meanwhile Dick paid tribute to goalkeeper Darren Hill, who signed for Premiership new boys Hamilton Academicals last week.
Dick added: “Everyone at Forfar is absolutely delighted for Darren. He’s been a great signing for us and he’s never been any bother.
“He goes away with our blessing.
“Forfar cannot be seen to deny a player the opportunity to go full time.”