What a superb occasion we had on Saturday with Keith Curle bringing up a strong team up to Queensgate.
I first met Keith when I was doing a radio show on Friday evenings called Sports Talk.
Keith came on when he had taken his first management job at Mansfield one night and we had a good chat so I started doing live interviews with him.
We hit it off straight away and have been friends ever since.
It was nice to get a strong Notts County side up to Queensgate on Saturday.
It was a great day for the players and the fans.
To get a top class team like County up here is fantastic and the players and fans will be talking about it for a long time.
But Keith also told me it was a good exercise for them too and a good day out for their fans.
Keith was able to look at one or two things that he normally wouldn’t be able to, which will no doubt help them going into their season.
The County players were all available after the game to speak to the fans and sign autographs and they had a bit of food, which was also great.
We can use the game as a good yardstick going forward as well.
Scarborough used to play teams like Notts week in-week out and it was nice for the fans to be able to see a top class team again.
You don’t have to be a magician to notice their football philosophy.
They got the ball down a played neat, sharp football.
The one message we gave the lads after the game was that Notts kept it simple.
You don’t have to overcomplicate things on the pitch and that’s just how the best teams go about their business.
It would be really unfair to single anyone out from the game Saturday, but there were some positive signs from the new players.
Ollie Ryan is a very aware striker and looks in great shape, James Bennett is a very skillful midfielder, Tommy Adams is showing superb work rate and leadership and Andy Milne is a very composed defender.
But there superb performances all over the pitch and myself, Darren France and Denny Ingram were all pleased with the effort from the lads.
My message to the fans this year is to look forward to every game and stick by us through the good and bad.