Ashington CFC boss Gary Middleton has described his side’s opening day fixture in the Ebac Northern League on Saturday as a ‘tough encounter’.
The Colliers take on newly promoted Jarrow Roofing at Woodhorn Lane (3pm).
But Middleton’s thoughts would have been the same regardless of whom they had been pitched against.
“We are looking forward to the game,” he said.
“But it will be a tough one because they are on a high from being promoted and have brought in some good players.
“All first games of the season are tough as no one is flying – and despite the fact that we will go into it without the unavailable Glen Taylor and Kyle Oliver, we will still have a strong squad because we have got replacements and no injuries.
“It’s important we try to get off to a winning start and a positive one, but we are talking about the Northern League and it will definitely not be easy.
“All the teams that come up are on a roll from the previous season and you have got to earn the right to win.”
After Saturday’s contest, Middleton will travel with his squad to Craik Park for a local derby against Morpeth Town on Wednesday, August 13.
“We had two hard games against them last term and their manager Nicky Gray will have them well prepared,” added the boss.
Meanwhile midfielder Martin Brittain has moved to Whitley Bay whilst Sam Norris has linked up with Team Northumbria.