For Stephen Humphrys, the prolonged football break has been a blessing in disguise.
The striker has been able to recover from another broken nose suffered away to Doncaster Rovers last season and also lost some weight.
Humphrys was on the scoresheet twice in 45 minutes against Great Wakering on Tuesday night, and he explained how he’s returned in the best shape he’s felt ahead new campaign.
"Lockdown has been a blessing in disguise for me,” said Humphrys.
"My nose is fully heeled so hopefully it’s a bit more protected if I get a whack and I’m feeling really good.
"I was about 96.5kg and I’ve got down to 89kg now so I’ve lost a lot of weight.
"Not necessarily fat to be fair, I just needed to trim down a little bit because I felt a bit heavy.
"I knew that when the season would get curtailed that I needed to come back in best condition possible so I can hit the ground running so that’s what I did during the time off.
"Every day I was running 5k, sometimes doing 10k, then I set up my own little gym at my house.
"Then once we could start doing socially distant football sessions I was playing with my cousin so I could get my football fitness in again.
"The running was to get the weight off me and then football fitness towards the end.
"This is the fittest I’ve felt in a while, I feel quick and sharp and I felt good.
"It was only 45 minutes but my fitness wasn’t a problem out there and I think the next match I should be playing 60 so that will be a good test."
Humphrys’ first goal was made from his own hard work, picking off a loose pass on the halfway line and shrugging off the defender on his way to goal before being fouled inside the penalty area, and he slotted the spot kick inside five minutes. His second was an easier finish after good work from Isaac Hutchinson to pick him out.
"As a striker the most important thing is to score goals," he added. "To do it within five minutes, it was more of a relief than anything.
"These games are more for fitness but to get a goal is the most important thing and to get two I’m happy.
"I said to the lads before, even though it’s a pre-season game we need to be winning and scoring goals because it didn’t come around much last year.”
It was Blues’ first pre-season outing and their first since Mark Molesley’s appointment.
And Humphrys is enjoying working with the new boss.
"I really like the way he does things.
"Obviously he came from Weymouth but also Bournemouth U23s and you can see that academy type of coach in him as well.
"The things he says I can relate to, he wants to do things properly, wants to play higher up the pitch and fast attacking football which is music to my ears.
"I’ve had a chat with him and we’re on the same page with the way he wants to play so it’s been really good."