New Mills were narrowly beaten 2-1 by VCD Athletic on Saturday at Church Lane.
The impressive Kent-based side, who won Isthmian League Division One last season, led by two well-taken goals before half-time.
The Millers then managed to pull one back in the second half through substitute Nick Alexander.
However, Roy Soule’s side couldn’t quite muster an equaliser despite a late rally.
Despite the defeat, it was a good test for the players against a higher-placed team as they continue to build preparations towards the new season, which begins at home to Burscough a week on Saturday.
Millers: Collinge, Say, Fitton, O’Brien, Wood, Forde, Smith, Constantine, Hampson, Douglas-Pringle, Pollard.
Subs: Pugh, Hynes, Shaw, Grimshaw, Nevins, Bancroft, Welsby, Alexander.