Burton Albion made it two pre-season wins from two as four second-half goals secured a 4-0 victory at the end of a testing clash with Mickleover Sports.
A scrappy and end-to-end first half ended goalless, with Albion lacking a clinical touch in the final third or the consistent quality required to unlock the home defence enough.
Things continued in that way at the start of the second 45, but the Championship outfit's quality eventually shone through in another 90 precious minutes of fitness work and game practice.
Nigel Clough again elected to utilise two separate outfield XIs as he looks to test different combinations across the field.
In the 3-5-2 formation once again, Kyle McFadzean, Stephen Warnock and Tom Naylor were the three first-half centre-backs in front of Harry Campbell, with Jayden Cotterill on the right flank and Lloyd Dyer on the left.
Matt Palmer sat deepest of the midfield three that also included Jackson Irvine and Joe Sbarra, while Matty Fryatt got his second Brewers outing of the summer alongside club-record signing Liam Boyce.
Where Albion had kept the tempo high early on against Kidsgrove Athletic on Wednesday evening to push their own fitness, it was the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division hosts who started the quicker here.
The Brewers, in contrast, began sloppily, misplacing easy passes and losing challenges - a risky throw from Tom Naylor almost costing them the opening goal as Evan Garnett hooked just wide.
Home striker Bradley Grayson got in behind the Albion backline as the visitors' defensive shape was breached, only for one effort to be dragged wide and the other come off the bar.
Even in the final third, opportunities for crosses were wasted by Burton or goal-scoring openings were denied by fine goalkeeping.
But such sloppiness is to be expected in pre-season - it is what teams look to squeeze out of the system as the games go on. Fitness and more game-time combine to ensure that is the case.
And when things did click for Clough's side, they looked good.
One classy bit of link-up play on the break involved Irvine, Boyce and Sbarra before the danger was cleared, while Fryatt twice worked space for himself in the box, only to see Nick Draper in the home goal in frustrating form.
In the standout moment of the opening half-hour, Irvine produced a clever backheel in the area to pick out Palmer, whose low drive was again saved.
McFadzean, meanwhile, looked as solid as ever at the back, while Warnock's ability in his own half and further upfield showed, in possession and out of it.
Opposing strikers Grayson and Fryatt could potentially have had a hat-trick apiece before the break had their finishing been at its best.
While Grayson was well thwarted by Campbell with his best chance, ex-Nottingham Forest man Fryatt - clearly hungry to find the net - could not beat the impressive Draper, and then volleyed a tough chance over from Naylor's fine diagonal ball forward.
The game remained goalless to the break, though, with the Brewers' first-half team not able to reach the heights of 48 hours previously but gaining plenty more of that valuable match time with a few different players alongside them.
After the break, only Campbell remained - as had been the case at Kidsgrove.
John Mousinho, Ben Turner and Damien McCrory took their places at centre-half, with Lucas Akins the right-wing-back and Marcus Harness continuing on the other wing.
The midfield trio was made up of Luke Murphy, Matty Lund and Ben Fox - a double goalscorer two days previously. Marcus Dinanga and Luke Varney came in up front.
The second half became even more erratic, with Albion spending more time in the Sports half but without converting. Again, balls were overhit or miscontrolled at the key moment, although they allowed their hosts less freedom themselves.
Harness is being given an early-summer chance at left-wing-back, a new role for him that he took to well at the Don Amott Arena.
The academy graduate's strength is going forward, and he caused regular problems for his opposite full-back, turning him inside-out and getting the Brewers on the front foot.
It was from his tidy feet and fine curling effort after 70 minutes that the deadlock was finally broken, the Harness effort crashing back off the far post for Varney to bundle home. The former Ipswich Town man again looked as sharp as he did at the end of last season.
And with Mickleover tiring, having given the Brewers a real pre-season workout in every sense, Albion's lead was doubled by Harness himself.
Varney turned supplier this time, flicking a clever pass around the corner for his wing-back to run onto, cut back onto his right foot and then drive a finish past the despairing Draper.
Rarely tested after the break, Campbell maintained his concentration to deny substitute Jake Dickinson at a tight angle late on to maintain his 100 per cent clean sheet record for the summer.
Enough time was left for the Brewers to add some gloss to the scoreline of a contest that had been close for more than an hour.
Dinanga was the man first, making the most of some sloppy work at the back to get on the end of Fox's header forward and flick it around the advancing Draper.
A last-minute penalty for handball then allowed Lund to step up and smash a confident spot-kick into the top right corner of the goal. Time will tell if his role there is indicative of who will take the penalties come August 5.
It meant another pre-season win for Clough's side, although perhaps this game provided a few more things to work on in the weeks ahead.
After all, isn't that what pre-season is for?