New Ferring Football Club manager Pete Matthews’ first game in charge ended in a 1-1 draw at home to Roffey.
Matthews, who took the job only last Wednesday after Stuart Maltman left the club, was nevertheless encouraged by what he saw.
He said: “On the balance of play, I think we should have won the game.
“We created good chances and I think the team responded well. We were quite unlucky not to get more than a point.”
Ferring took the lead when Barney Boutwood outpaced the defender before slotting home following a through ball from Joey Matthews just 10 minutes in for his eighth of the season.
They they were unfortunate not to be further in front at the break as Owen Cave’s strike cannoned off the crossbar.
Slightly against the run of play, Sam Matthews drew Roffey level, but Ferring continued to pile forward and Joey Matthews was unlucky not to find the net when his shot struck the post.
The game petered out to a draw, and manager Matthews, who has previous County League experience with Rustington, is looking forward to his new challenge. He said: “There is quite a lot of work to do confidence-wise.
“I just need to rebuild the confidence amongst the players and within the club.
“They are a good bunch of lads and I’m pretty sure we can start climbing the table.”
Ferring host Clymping on Saturday.