Southampton arrived at Broadhall Way with a team packed with Premiership experience. From Neil Moss in goal, Francis Benali Tahar El Khalej and Jason Dodd in defence, Matthew Oakley, Mark Draper and Andrei Kanchelskis in midfield to Kevin Davies and Joe Tessem in attack - all have significant first team outings to their name.
Chris Perry, Steffen Freund and a half from Les Ferdinand bolstered our experience levels.
"It's a lovely result for us," beamed Colin. "For the majority of the game, the way the boys went about their task, I think they deserved to win.
"It was important that we didn't concede a goal early on and we grew into the game a little bit - with a little bit of joy.
"You could see them suddenly finding a little bit of confidence in what they were doing. There were one or two nice breaks of the ball, which always helps but, from the first minute to the 90th we gradually got better.
"It was very pleasing. A lot of the things we've tried to instil in them seemed to work and you could see that they enjoyed seeing those things work.
"The next stage is coming to play a team when they don't see so many famous names or Premiership experience. How do they apply themselves? That is the question I asked them in there."
Colin was particularly happy with the example set and contribution of our experienced threesome.
"Les played to just get another little period of a game under his belt, to top up.
"The experienced boys were a real good example to the young boys. Steffen Freund, Chris Perry and Les made a massive difference to our application and the way we went about the game.
"Of the younger boys, some of them benefited more than others, but there is hardly a disappointment tonight. All of them can be proud of what they've done."
Colin Calderwood was delighted with the performance of his reserve side in overcoming an experienced Southampton side 2-0 at Stevenage on Tuesday.