Lower Breck manager Gary Moore insists it was “massive” to kickstart their campaign in the North West Counties Premier Division with a win.
He added that he was delighted with his sides attitude as they had to “roll their sleeves” up and grind out the win.
A John McGrath penalty was enough to secure the three points away to Squires Gate.
Moore added that the complexion of the results on the opening day give an inkling into how the season will pan out as well.
Lower Breck were given the opportunity to play in the top division of the Counties as part of the Football Association’s upward movement, something they leapt at the opportunity of.
They were handed a tough trip to Blackpool on the opening day and in doing so looked to end a yearly trend for season curtain raisers.
The night before the trip up the M6, they were dealt a blow as one of their wingers failed to get international clearance on time forcing a reshuffle in the line-up.
“That one player had a knock on effect for a couple of lads, we had to change it around a bit but to go there and win the game but also keep a clean sheet,” Moore said.
“They didn’t really have a shot on target, they had five attempts and didn’t test our goalkeeper once. Even though we wasn’t at full strength [in pre-season] that’s our fourth clean sheet on the spin so it bodes well.
“It’s a great start away from home, one of the furthest away in the division, it’s a good one, a good win. It’s massive.”
Despite the narrow scoreline, Moore felt his side could’ve been out of sight.
“They didn’t hit the target once, our ‘keeper didn’t make a save of note and we should’ve killed the game.
“We dominated for the first 25 minutes then a few silly fouls allowed for them to get a bit of momentum in it with a couple of set-pieces really.
“But second half, I think we had three or four glorious chances, we done well, we certainly deserved it.
“To see the chances we created, from front to back, the work rate was second to none.
“Sometimes you’ve just go to roll your sleeves up, I’m an advocate of playing lovely football but sometimes you’ve got to roll your sleeves up and make sure you come away with the three points and that’s what Saturday was about.”
(Featured image via Paul Moran)