Rovers on right track after Avenue win.
Rovers overcame Bradford Park Avenue 2-0 at the Horsfall Stadium thanks to Theo Robinson and an own goal by Grant Black.
And visiting manager Paul Dickov said he “didn’t feel sorry for his players” after a gruelling start to pre-season.
“They’re a little bit tired but I’m not going to feel sorry for them because that’s what pre-season is all about.
“We’ve won the game, which is always a positive, we’ve no injuries and we’re getting there. We’ve been back nine days and the fitness levels are improving all of the time.
Dickov and his players take on Conference National side Lincoln City at the weekend but were frustrated for an hour before Jamaican striker Robinson broke the deadlock.
“We started slowly in the first half but it was all about getting fitness in to the boys. We’ve worked them hard prior to the game because we wanted them to be tired during the game,” he said.
“I thought there was a lot more quality in the second half than there was in the first but you’re going to get that.
“We started off sluggishly for the first 25 minutes before we grew in to it. We had a lot of chances second half and we’ve come through in the end.
Names of note for Rovers fans included trialists James Bailey and Peter Clarke, who could be some of the players who are taken to the pre-season training camp in Portugal next week.
“They’ve been in training with us, James is a player I’ve always liked since his time at Crewe, Peter’s experienced and knows how to get promoted out of this division, so we’re pleased to be having a look at them.
“Players we want to get in are players that we want to get out of the division with experience, energy and players who can pass the ball and it’s not just the players who’ve played tonight, but there’s work going on behind the scenes as well,” Dickov finished.