A patched up Robins team, made up of reserves and two trialists, held their own against Wokingham & Emmbrook, losing to a freak goal from the Sumas goalkeeper as a long free-kick bounced over Dan Smith to settle the game.

But the new Robins boss was delighted with what he saw, and believes it is evidence that the squad has enough depth to handle the rigours of a full campaign in the Hellenic Premier Division, as well as competing in numerous cup competitions such as the FA Cup and FA Vase.

“We had to scramble a squad together,” he said. “It gave us a chance to look at players a bit more and also give time to a couple of trialists that were playing for us.

“I normally hate losing no matter what, but I came away from the game pleased with what I saw.

“We had 14 players thrown together and not a single one looked out of place against a strong Wokingham side.

“They had their problems as did we, with injuries and people being away, but they’re a very good side and we did very well against them despite missing key personnel.” Carpenter has already talked about the type of players that he wants to attract to Larges Lane over the next few years, with people who can pass the ball and young, hungry players of particular interest.

And the new Robins boss was extremely pleased with how his side competed in their first outing under his management.

“We held the ball for long periods and used it well,” he added. “We looked comfortable, we were just lacking a bit in front of goal.

“We’ll have to sit down and make decisions later in pre-season about the squad of 16 to 25 that we’ll want.

“But it’s great to see that we’ve got that strength in depth of players that can be called up from the reserves if needed throughout the season.

“That was the biggest positive from the game for me, it was really encouraging.”