DESPITE a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Bangor City, director of football Andy Preece was quick to emphasise the positives.
And he feels that a six-point haul from the first five games is a 'solid' start considering the strength of the opposition the Wingmakers have faced.
"I have got to be disappointed the way we dominated the second half and the goals that we gave away from two back passes," Preece said.
"They were poor goals, you can't give teams like Bangor a leg up but, credit to us, we came back, we didn't collapse and we finished on the front foot by putting them under immense pressure for long periods.
"On the evidence of that I think we deserved to at least get something out of the game, but you can't give goals away like we did."
Preece did not feel that the blunders that led to the second and third goals were the result of unfamiliarity amongst his newly-assembled squad.
"They were strange decisions, we didn't start the game bright enough, obviously we've got a lot of new players and there was maybe a little bit of misunderstanding, but they were just bad errors, I don't think we can make any excuses for them," he added.
"Even when we were 3-1 down I always felt we could get back in the game and we were, I can't think of any shots they had on our goal after that.
"Apart from the mistakes we made we kept them at arms length and we just lacked a bit of cutting edge in the final third, we had a lot of the ball but didn't create too many clear-cut chances."
Five games into the new campaign, Preece is reasonably happy with the start his side have made.
"Look at the five games we've had - TNS champions, Bangor runners-up, Bala twice who finished fourth last season and Carmarthen.
"We've got six points and for me that's a really solid start for us.
"When I saw the fixtures I feared the worst but, in every game, we've not got battered, we've asked questions of all the teams and that's good.
"We've now got to start competing with the top six teams but that's promising for the rest of the season."