Gainsborough Trinity gave fringe players, reserves and youngsters a chance to stake a claim for a first-team place in the Integro League Cup on Tuesday night.
Led on the night by Jimmy Snee, who is managing the reserves in their first season, Trinity lost 4-1 at Gresley Rovers.
Snee said it was an opportunity for players, including new signing Kelvin Lugsden, to impress first-team boss Lee Sinnott.
Snee added: “It was a big opportunity for players to show the (first-team) manager what they can do.
“It was a big step up for some of our boys.
“But we started poorly and were sloppy. We got back into the game, but then conceded again.
“The young lads who came in did okay and others made a decent impression.”
But it was a tough start for Trinity as they fell behind in the opening minute to a Zaki Evans strike and were then two down when Albert Landsdowne netted.
Trinity hit back through 17-year-old Tyler Connor, making his full debut, before Kane Lee restored the home side’s two-goal advantage before half-time. Callum Riddell smashed home a 20-yard drive to complete the win.