A debut in front of just under 300 travelling Carlisle fans will never be a bad thing, and it can become even memorable if you give the noisy away contingent something to cheer.
That was the case when Villa loanee Brad Young entered the fray at Vale Park on Tuesday night and, accompanied by those cheers, he proceeded to let veteran defender Leon Legge know that he was in a battle every time the ball came near the pair.
“When an 18-year-old is up against the oldest player on the pitch it’s pretty good that he’s leaving something on him,” manager Chris Beech said. “He’s got a bit about him and it’s nice to see it implemented.
“I don’t mind that at all. I think he has a bit of devilment and great movement, and he has an instinct for finishing. It’ll be interesting to see what he can add over the course of the season.
“He’s already shown that he understands what it’s going to take, and he’s tried to do his bit. He’s taken on a very good defender, he’s stood up to that, and he’s had his chance where he puts it over the bar on the turn.
“It’s very encouraging and, like I say, it’ll be interesting to see how he progresses from here.”