Sleaford Town boss Kris Jones said his team didn’t let themselves down when they faced former teammates on Saturday.
The team played, and won 2-0, against Holbeach United, commanded by former boss Glen Maddison and featuring nine former Sleaford Town players – including star striker Liam Tunstall.
Jones said: “It was a good spectacle.
“We knew they would be up for the game and that we would have to weather the storm.”
He added: “We spoke about them before the match and their strengths and weaknesses and how we could expose them – and set up to do so.”
He admitted the opposition had plenty of quality, including Tunstall who last season scored 25 goals for Town before he moved on with Maddison to Holbeach.
He said the first half was tough but that they opened themselves up once the initial storm had passed and said they improved in the second half to take the 2-0 win with goals from Adam Weston and Josh Raby.
He praised the forming partnership between David Hone and Adam Weston.
But Jones said there was no animosity between the two managers and admitted they had chatted after the match about other teams and strategies.
Maddison was reported in the Lincolnshire Free Press to be ‘fuming’ at his team and was said to have given them a dressing down.
Town play Huntingdon on Saturday in the next round of the FA Cup before heading to Peterborough Northern Star on Tuesday.