Kidderminster Harriers' revamped squad might be a work in progress but Mark Yates considered their 1-0 victory at Northwich Victoria as another step in the right direction.
A first three points of the season, courtesy of Luke Reynolds' first goal of the season, and a first clean-sheet made it a positive afternoon.
"It was a well-deserved victory even if we tried to make it hard for ourselves in the second half," said Yates. "I thought we were worthy winners and there was an excellent performance from the back four. We dealt with everything thrown at us but I am disappointed that we didn't finish the game off."
Reynolds, playing a lone striker's role, earned his reward for a tireless display with the match-winner on 35 minutes. Dwane Lee began the move with a swift pass to Michael Blackwood and his pinpoint pass left Reynolds with a tap-in.
Reynolds had another effort chalked off after the break as Harriers dominated, while Dean Sturridge and Blackwood failed to hit the target.
Manager Mark Cooper signalled the changes in Tamworth's line-up but it was the same old story after they were hammered 4-0 at Dagenham & Redbridge.
Yet again set-pieces proved the downfall for the Lambs, who have now conceded 11 goals in three heavy defeats, and all four Daggers strike came from free-kicks.
Though new signing Simon Weaver slotted into defence and keeper James Dormand and full-back Emmet Friars were called up, the Lambs trailed 2-0 after just 14 minutes. Sam Saunders' accuracy with a dead ball proved their undoing, with Anwar Uddin and then Sam Sloma netting.
Saunders was again the provider for Cliff Akurang to head home the third and fourth goals before the Lambs' woes continued when Dormand hobbled off.