They might not have got the win, but there were still positives for Moree Services FC to take out of their 1-0 loss in the Namoi League opener against Wee Waa United on Saturday.
Dealing with a strong wind, Moree had their chances to score but just weren't able to convert.
"The first half we ran with the wind and pretty much dominated the game, it looks like we just need to do some shooting practice," coach Darrel Smith said.
"Everything was either hit right at the goalkeeper or wide of the goals.
"For our first hit out of the year it wasn't too bad a game. Both of the teams had chances to score, either side could've won 3-0 or lost 3-0."
Smith said with some new and young players in the team, it might take some time for the team to find their rhythm.
There was still enough for the team to take out of the loss, with areas of improvement highlighted.
"Even when we were playing back into the wind, we had really good play, passing down the sides of the field and crossing the ball in, we just didn't do it enough," Smith said.
"We didn't respect possession of the ball enough either.
"With some new people playing in the team, they're just not used to where make runs off certain players. That'll come and we'll just work on that in training this week.
"Being a short season we don't have a lot of time to bring that stuff into play but hopefully we pick it up soon.
"We've had a few new players turn up and that's making it great at training. We've got plenty of numbers to do some really good activities at training."
Kenny Wright and Adam Ha were two of the standout players for Moree on the day.
"Adam and Kenny are both one of our senior players, I'd expect them to have a bit more leadership on the field which they did," Smith said.
Brad McLane also played a strong game in the midfield.
"It was good to see him have a dominant game," Smith said.
"It's our first game, creating enough chances to score and win a game was good but not being able to put it in the net is one of the things we'll have to work on."