“We’re looking forward to it and now we’re ready for the real action to start!”
That’s the message from boss Dave Frecklington as Spalding United kick off their season on Saturday.
The Tulips make the trip to Bedworth United in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South with a newly-appointed manager and a new-look squad.
Frecklington said: “I think the division will be close as I don’t see any side who could run away with it.
“Last year I felt Stafford Rangers would win the title but now I look around and everybody is the same. There are a lot of good teams.
“Even if we are six points off the pace with five or six games to go, we need to get ourselves into a good position this term.
We need to get off to a good start. All I’m looking for is a positive outcome to the game on Saturday.Dave Frecklington
“We are one of the teams who will grow stronger as the season goes on.
“That’s why the challenge is so exciting. We want to see if we can achieve something.
“We have strong characters in the squad and I’m hoping the Spalding public support us in getting behind what we are trying to achieve.
“We will be putting in hard work and if we add quality in the right areas then we can hit the ground running.
“We need to get off to a good start. All I’m looking for is a positive outcome to the game on Saturday.
“We don’t know too much about Bedworth and that’s never a great situation to be in.
“I know they conceded seven in one game but we also lost 5-2 at Yaxley.
“Pre-season is a little bit fake when players are injured, suspended or unavailable but overall I’m happy with the way things have gone for us this summer.”
Meanwhile, Spalding have also signed Bradley Wells from Belper Town.
Frecklington added: “He is a 6ft 2in centre-forward who is mobile.
“I came across him three years ago when he was playing at Gresley.
“Bringing him here is great timing for us because Brad Barraclough is struggling with bruising on the bone in his foot. We might need to wrap him up in cotton wool but it’s a real bonus for us to get Wells into the squad.”