Ashington Colliers boss David Brown is looking forward to the start of the new campaign – and hoping that his revamped squad will perform “better”.
They will be looking to vastly improve on 12th place in the Northern Football Alliance premier division table last season.
Brown takes his squad to neighbours Seaton Delaval for the start of the new campaign on Saturday with fresh impetus.
“Some players have stayed with us from last term,” he said.
“Others have moved on whilst we have also recruited a sprinkling of newcomers from the local area, some just out of junior football.
“We have a mix of youth and experience in a squad of at least 28, with ages ranging from as young as 16 to 31, and as a unit we’ll be desperately trying to improve on the disappointment of last season.
“We took four points off champions Blyth Town and not only did well against them but also against good opposition.
“However, when we came up against sides in mid-table or down at the bottom, we let ourselves down.”
The boss – along with assistant manager and coach Jon Egen as well as coach Ian Davison – is also looking for stability in the ranks.
“In my opinion, players have got to be responsible and get to games every week, and throughout last season we were riddled with cry-offs.
“But there should be no repeat of that situation with the squad we have got now.
“Certainly our target will be to do a lot, lot better.”
For Saturday’s opener, apart from Andrew Carr who misses out through injury, Brown will choose from a full squad.