Let's start with the obvious. Having one point after our first three league games was not where we hoped we would be.
But after two narrow defeats against Bootle and Hednesford, the 1-1 draw at Runcorn - a team that is always there or thereabouts come the business end of the season - was more a reflection of how we want to play.
Denied a penalty in the early stages of the game and then having to come from behind, Tuesday was a test and it was one we passed. And if Lady Luck had been on our side, it might not just have been the one point that we went home with.
Manager Paul Moore was in bullish mood when I caught up with him. "Runcorn are a strong outfit and we matched them all over the pitch. We were much more like ourselves and on another day could easily have taken all three points. On chances created and the overall performance, I thought the draw was the least we deserved."
It's a busy weekend for Paul and the team. Mossley are our next opponents. They've had a mixed bag of a start as well. Home league wins over Prescot Cables and Widnes but a defeat on the road at Witton.
The target of course will be to build on the momentum from the midweek result at Runcorn and to claim our first league win of the season before we make the short trip to Hanley for our first local derby of the season.
Come on 'Castle!