Boorowa Goldies coach Andrew Corcoran believes there are a lot of positives the side can take from its loss to the Harden Red Devils last weekend.
Despite the final score being 42-24 in favour of the Devils Corcoran remains upbeat in the belief the Goldies will be a force to be reckoned with during the 2020 Oilsplus season.
"We let two tries in really early so we were down 14-nil after five minutes and chasing the game from the start," Corcoran said.
From there the side staged a mini fight back to keep the game in the balance.
"We got back to 14-12 which was good and fought really hard to get there, but then let in a really easy try," Corcoran said.
"We gave it up a bit too easily after working so hard, which is a bit tough.
"Harden had a great game and we can't take anything away from them we made errors and paid for them.
"It was pretty simple every chance we gave them they were able to capitalise and get points, while we had to work really hard to get our four tries.
"It's a good lesson and good to see where we are, it's not a bad thing for us to see that and not get ahead of ourselves after the big win against Grenfell.
"Tim got three tries and Austin Power got a good little try in the corner at the end of the game to give us a bonus point which is good for the table."
The game also heralded the debut of Max Day for the Goldies.
"Max made his debut amongst the starting team and had an awesome game which is another positive," Corcoran said.
"We've got 25 players and everyone is keen to get in to it, we had a great crowd in their cars around the field.
"There's a lot of excitement about the team and what we can do which is great.
There's a lot of excitement about the team and what we can do which is greatBoorowa Goldies coach Andrew Corcoran
"This might help us calm down a bit and focus on what we need to do, to know it's not just going to happen for us.
"We need to just straighten up a bit, we got stuck going a bit laterally and had to earn every metre rather than just going hard forward and spinning it from there.
"Harden also beat us at the break down so that's an area we'll have to look at but its a good side," he said.
Another pleasing aspect was that the team came through the loss unscathed.
"We had no major injuries which was good and we'll head to Temora next week.
"(The season's) shaping up really well and looks like Cootamundra, Harden, Young and us will be tough teams.
"The others are going to make it really hard too, Young and Cootamundra have really put a cat amongst the pigeons which is great for the comp," Corcoran said.
Young recorded a boilover win against last season's premiers Cootamundra last weekend.
Next week the Goldies travel to Temora to take on the Tuskers at 3.15pm.
"They are always tough, you don't get an favours there so it will be a good game," Corcoran said.
Harden 42: Benjamin Lenehan 2, Tom Lenehan, Edward McGeoch, Jue Kerrison, Jack O'Connor tries, Benjamin Lenehan 6 conversions. Boorowa Goldies 24: Timothy Corcoran 3, Austin Powers tries. Brendan McGrath 2 conversions.