Worthing Football Club joint boss Jon Meeney felt his side were more than a match for League Two Crawley Town in their friendly clash at Three Bridges on Tuesday.
Harvey Sparks levelled things up for Rebels just before the break but Jason Banton’s second-half strike sent them to a 2-1 defeat.
Despite the loss, Meeney felt it was a great workout for his side and said: “It was a really good test for us against a professional side.
“We’ve ramped our pre-season programme up to phase two now and I was really impressed with us against Crawley. The players are starting to come back now from various other commitments and the build-up begins for the new season.”
Rebels have already added Kane Wills, Sam Rents and Reis Stanislaus over the summer but Meeney admitted there could be one more addition.
He said: “There is potential for us to bring another in. We haven’t got the biggest budget in this division and every deal that we do has to be right for us. If we see it as right for us then one more could come.”
Rebels host Thamesmead on Saturday, then entertain Worthing United on Tuesday.
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