BOSS Matty Holmes insisted he had been happy to open Wimborne Town’s Southern League South campaign with a point at home to Hartley Wintney.

The sides played out a goalless draw at KoolPak Stadium during a fixture Magpies started with seven players making their league debuts for the club.

Both Kieran Roberts and Luke Holmes forced saves from Hartley goalkeeper Thomas Williams, with neither side being able to break the deadlock.

But manager Holmes was pleased with his charges’ efforts and solidarity throughout.

He told Radio Wimborne: “I am really upbeat.

“We looked solid and had seven making their debuts for us, which is a huge amount.

“It’s the first time with me and Danny (Holmes) taking over that we have had that many debutants. I was delighted with their performances.”

He added: “They (Hartley) came here off the back of a really good run last season, finishing eighth. A lot of people during the week said ‘oh, it should be a first home win’ but I thought ‘well, not really’.

“They are a tough side who got 63 points last season, we got 52. The conditions were a real leveller. I think a point I am happy with.”