DEFENDER Mike Flynn admitted he had made the move to Accrington Stanley because he was impressed with the ambitions of the management as they make a charge for promotion.
But the Reds know they will have to step up a gear if they are to figure in the promotion race after their first home defeat of the season to fellow promotion rivals Gravesend.
Stanley only really started playing and pressing in the last 30 minutes as their run of six games without a loss came to a sudden halt and they slid down the Conference table.
And former Blackpool man Flynn, who has more than 600 league games under his belt, admitted: "It is not an ideal debut getting beat but it is a great move for me.
"It is a very ambitious club and I have been impressed with the management and chairman who obviously want to get into the League.
"It was a hard baptism as Gravesend set their stall out to defend and possibly get a point and they caught us out with two poor goals. But in the end we had enough chances to win the game.
"The Conference is a lot better than some people make out. You only have to look at the teams who are here. It is a very strong league."
And Stanley know if they are to maintain their place in the top five, they need to keep the Interlink as a fortress and win their home points.
However, boss John Coleman refused to be too downbeat by what he hopes is just a blip - and is confident his side will bounce back.
"If someone had given me 20 points out of the first 10 games - averaging two points a game - I would have taken that.
"But Gravesend are not a bad side. Their style of play was suited to the way the game panned out.
"In the last half hour we showed a gulf in class - we were miles better - but they took their goals.
"We have missed three sitters through Jonathan Smith, Lee McEvilly and Paul Mullin, in the first 30 seconds. Those were the best three chances of the game and none are taken.
"But we are not going to feel down about it. They stifled us in the first half and give credit to them, no complaints. But the last half hour was as good as we have played for a bit, and that includes Dagenham. There was some good direct play, some good passing in midfield and we were a threat. If we can continue like that, we won't go far wrong.
It was a case of "if only" in the last 20 minutes. If only Ian Craney's volley hadn't rattled the crossbar, if only Lee McEvilly had shot past the keeper instead of at him when clean through and if only Jonathan Smith's second header had produced the equaliser.
But instead Stanley were left to rue this as well as a Paul Mullin miss in the opening 30 seconds which would have changed the complexion of the game.
Steve Jagielka fed the striker from the right and, six yards out, he got a good shot in but the ball rolled agonisingly wide.
Fleet then found their feet without really testing Jon Kennedy as Moussa Sidibe, on the right wing, was proving troublesome for Anthony Gerrard who was drafted into the left back slot.
The referee didn't allow the game to flow as there were numerous free kicks, mainly in Gravesend's favour, as they kept the pressure on the Reds backline.
And Stanley were disappointed they weren't given a first half penalty when Ian Craney went down in the area under a challenge from Lee Protheroe but the ref ruled he had got the ball.
There were 45 minutes on the clock when Fleet found a way through.
Protheroe's cross from the by-line was met by the head of Roy Essandoh and he found a way past Kennedy.
"These goals happen in football, sometimes it is hard to stop them," said Coleman. "But we should have stopped the cross. He was allowed time and space and it is the 45th minute and it is a sickener. If we go in 0-0 at half time, there is only one winner."
However, Fleet almost created a second but Stanley captain Peter Cavanagh timed his tackle right on Omoyimni who was racing into the area in first half stoppage time.
Five minutes after the break and it was two. Paul Wilkerson's long goal kick was flicked on by Essandoh and fell at the feet of Omoyimni who charged into the area and slid the ball past Kennedy from a tight angle for his fifth goal of the season.
"Jon Kennedy should have saved that," said the boss. "He knows that. He hasn't read the situation and he should have smothered the ball. He is upset about that."
And the Fleet hitman could have had another but Smith made a timely tackle after he again burst through minutes later.
Stanley switched to 4-4-2, putting on striker Lutel James on 54 minutes, and they then upped the tempo.
The Reds forced a succession of corners from Jagielka which Fleet struggled to deal with and Craney was unlucky when his volley from the edge of the area bounced off the crossbar on 64 minutes.
But Stanley got back into the game when Jagielka took a quick free kick much to Gravesend's protests and found Cavanagh on the by-line. He played in a cross which the towering Smith headed home on 70 minutes.
The Reds then went all-out in the hunt for an equaliser. Cavanagh chipped just over from 18 yards, Smith headed wide a similar chance to the goal and McEvilly should have done better when clean through but shot straight at Wilkerson.
Then there was late drama as Smith went down in an off-the-ball incident with Moore in the penalty area and the referee consulted both assistants. However, nothing was given although the defender admitted he took a whack on the back of the head.
"He was punched," said Coleman. "But the referee and two linesmen didn't see it. No problem."
And it was Gravesend who could have grabbed a third when Essandoh broke in the 95th minute. Kennedy did well to deny him but it still ended a disappointing day for the Reds.