Lee Bradbury felt the Hawks had to battle hard for their 3-3 draw at AFC Portchester.
Matt Paterson scored twice and Adrian Clifton also netted for the Westleigh Park side.
But Porchester earned a draw thanks to strikes from Jason Parrish, Blu Boam and a freak Dan Strugnell own goal.
Bradbury said: ‘It was a tough test between two teams who definitely wanted to win.
‘Both sides were physical and competitive and we had to work hard to find ways to be creative with the ball.
‘I felt we scored three good goals but I wasn’t happy with one of the three we conceded.
‘Full credit to AFC Portchester.
‘They worked very hard and it was another excellent workout for us.
‘We are unbeaten in pre-season and though results at this stage don’t mean a lot, good results can boost confidence.’
The Hawks started the stronger on a surface made slick by the rain and James Hayter soon side footed against the post.
It was no surprise when the visitors took a 12th-minute lead with Clifton heading in from a corner.
The Royals stunned the hosts with an equaliser four minutes later.
An excellent Jason Parrish finish ensured parity was restored.
The Royals then went ahead on the half hour.
An unfortunate mix up in the Hawks defence ended with defender Dan Strugnell heading past keeper Ryan Young into his own net.
Minutes after Alex Baldacchino crashed a 25-yard shot against the crossbar, Matt Paterson levelled the scores with an easy close-range header.
The pattern remained the same at the start of the second half.
It was the visitors dominating possession with the Royals looking to hit them on the break.
Paterson flashed a low shot across the face of the home goal as the Hawks looked dangerous.
Josh Warren produced a superb tackle to prevent Ben Swallow bursting into the area.
Paterson then restored the Hawks lead in the 69th minute.
He smashed home a low 25-yard drive giving the home keeper no chance.
A minute from time Blu Boam rolled a shot across Charlie Searle into the far corner to make it 3-3.
AFC Portchester: Whittingham, Evans, Noakes, Thurgood, Warren, Hardy, Everitt, Bye, Parrish, Baldachinno, Howes. Subs: Thomas, Stone, Moody, Smart, Sweeney, Castles, Boam, Robbins.
Hawks: Young, Strugnell, Cummings, Stock, Molineaux, Medway, Swallow, Ridge, Paterson, Hayter, Clifton, Subs: Searle, Whittingham, Blanchett, Kimber, Harris, Donnelly, Gale.
– KEVIN RICKETTS