A goal, a win, a clean sheet and a fine away win all made for a perfect start to the Evo-Stik League season for Blyth Spartans.
And match-winner Stephen Turnbull admitted that his side “couldn’t ask for more”.
The former Hartlepool United midfielder calmly rolled home a late penalty to seal three points in Leicestershire.
He said: “We couldn’t ask for more, we knew it would be a tough game coming down here.
“Barwell finished eighth last season so we knew it would be hard, but we got off to a good start. We had one or two chances but the game wasn’t nice, it wasn’t a pretty game but we have come here, got the goal and we go home with three points so we are happy.”
A Croft Park double header now awaits Turnbull and his team-mates as Whitby Town and Buxton head to Blyth within the space for four days.
Turnbull challenged his side to build upon the successes of last season and said there is “a buzz about the squad”.
“We want to build on from last season. We know that but it’s the sign of a winning team if you can play poorly and still win the game,” he said.
“You get the early season nerves, it always happens, but you get the win and that goes.
“We go into Tuesday’s game with every confidence of winning.
“There is a buzz about the squad since the FA Cup run last season I can only see us doing well this season.”