UTTOXETER RFC played their final pre-season friendly before the Midlands Three West (North) season and won 29-26 at Yardley and District.
Both clubs put mixed sides out for the match a week before the season begins in earnest.
The Town flew into a 29-14 lead at half-time before taking their foot off the gas and allowing the hosts back into the game.
Director of rugby Donald Hayes said: “It was certainly a game of of two halves, caused directly by the change of personnel from Yardley.
“The second half was exactly what we needed – we faced a tougher, more organised attack and Uttoxeter were made to stand up and respond.
“Put under pressure, we held firm and delivered.
“This was a vital test, particularly for some of the emerging players who needed the experience of a pressure situation.
“It is an important lesson that we must take into next week’s league fixture.
“We’ve had an influx of new players which has given us more depth in the pack.
“We now have to think long and hard about selection – there are going to be some disappointed as we’ve used more than 23 players in the two friendlies and the matchday squad only allows for 18.
“We’ll need all players involved so far and more as the season progresses and it’s important that we keep up momentum.”
James Williams, James Gill, Craig Goodall, Ben Gallimore and Jake Cabrera scored tries for the Town, with Paul Milward adding two conversions.