Assistant manager Steve Eyre wants to see relationships developing on the pitch as Rovers continue their preparations with the friendly at Spennymoor Town on Tuesday evening.
Eyre says the coaching staff have been pleased with the efforts of the squad so far but with rust now shaken off, the next goal is to forge partnerships that will be the bedrock for performances in the coming season.
“The players have responded superbly so what we’re looking for now is to find some partnerships in this fixture,” he said.
“We’ll get some unit work developing into the team.
“I think we’ll probably have some in-game situations that we have to deal with because we can’t really prepare for Spennymoor like we would a league fixture.
“There will be initiative required from the players. Brains.
“We’re trying to act smart now we’re getting closer to the season.
“We’re happy with the fitness but we’ll be looking for an increased sharpness with some smartness in and around the penalty area to get some goals from open play.
“We do know Spennymoor will be super committed and we’re really looking forward to it.”