THE Warwick Wolves will look to get back in the winners' circle this weekend, when they host Tenterfield at Queens Park on Sunday.
The Wolves went down to West Wanderers 14-1 in Round 3 of the FFA Cup last week, ending their participation in the tournament for the season.
"Obviously it's not a good result but all up the FFA Cup was a good experience - it was a bit of an eye-opener," Wolves midfielder Dom Benz said.
"Wanderers were a very well structured side and they scored quite a few of their goals off set pieces.
"The Stanthorpe Football competition is quite a technical league, whereas the Toowoomba teams are more physical.
"That's not to say they weren't good technically, but they played at a quick pace and were hard to stay with."
After they host Tenterfield, the Wolves will play Carlton in a make-up game next Tuesday.
"The FFA Cup result doesn't reflect it, but on paper I think we've got a pretty good side," Benz said.
"We won our opening (Stanthorpe Football) game so we'll look to continue that winning start.
"If we can win our first two or three games, it would give us a really good foundation."
That would be in contrast to last season, when the Wolves got off to a shaky start.
"I think our fitness is better at the beginning of this season," the long-time Wolves midfielder said.
"We played a few pre-season games and have done a fair bit of fitness work at training.
"Last year we didn't play any pre-season games."
But Benz knows it will not be an easy victory against a side the Wolves beat 12-0 last year.
"We expect them to be stronger this year than last year," he said.
"This is only their second year back in the men's competition.
"They had a pretty strong Colts side last season as well so they're probably going to be a fair bit better."