TODMORDEN Borough resume league activity on Saturday with a new look to their squad.
But manager John Gilford believes their preparation has gone well and hopes for a winning start when they entertain Walney Island at Bellholme.
“Our preparation has been superb, we’re as ready as we possibly could be,” he said.
After five pre-season games he has been able to assess his team.
Two of those games were on Borough’s tour to Enniskillen in Northern Ireland, where they lost one and won the second.
The second was against double championship winning side Lisbellaw United and saw a 5 - 2 victory with Oliver Wood slamming in four of the goals.
The club has lost three of its most experienced players. Oliver Gilford has returned to live in Sweden, Nicky Taylor is unavailable due to work commitments and Carl Stanley has retired.
Borough though have signed five new players, most of whom have had experience locally, including some previously with Borough. They include Matthew Town, Daniel Lively, Harry Whitehead and Lee Earnshaw.
It was Earnshaw, knicknamed “The rat” who scored the fifth goal with a screamer in Borough’s Northern Ireland victory.
In addition, making his debut will be Chris Pearson, who has played at a high level and will be one player who Borough will be hoping will make a big impact.
On Saturday they take on Walney Island, who finished well below them in the West Lancashire League Division Two.
But Borough cannot afford to be complacent and must look to kick-off their season with a victory.
They ended their pre-season games on Tuesday with a 4 - 1 win at Rossendale Amateurs.
Borough went into the break leading 3 - 0. They got an own goal and others came from Dean Farry and Chris Kay (2).
The second team looks stronger than last season and starts with an away trip to Burnley United. Two days later they travel to the Accrington area to play Whinney Hill in an evening fixture.
It will be the same destination for the first team on August 13 against a side who finished one position above them last season.