This time a year ago Darren Dods’ Brechin City career had gotten off to a miserable start - an 8-2 loss to Aberdeen.
His side that day was full of trialists as the new manager scrambled to assemble a squad in time for the friendly, and pre-season training.
Fast forward a year and City put in a far superior display against the Dons - a clear sign of the progress made by the young manager and his team - as the Europa League hopefuls won 3-0 on Sunday.
Dods was thrilled to see good performances from all of his players, be they trialists, new signings, or returning heroes from the Great Escape.
He said: “It was a great run out, obviously they’re further ahead in pre-season and they’re in Europe next week and we did tire a bit second half.
“But we battled hard first half and it’s a big improvement on last year, we kept it tighter for much longer.
“Usually you build up in pre-season from a Highland League team or something but we’ve begun with Aberdeen.
“We got a lot of benefits from the game and there are loads of positives.
“Elliot Ford and Gareth Rodger played on trial so we’ll look at them going forward.
“Signing Dougie Hill last week gives us 16 signed so we’ll see how the trialists get on. We’ll take our time.
“I’ve known Dougie for years, he’s still only 31 but he’s really experienced. He reminds me of myself a few years ago.
“He did really well at Raith Rovers then at Alloa.”