BRACKLEY Town are all set to begin life in the Blue Square North this weekend when they make the long trip up to Altrincham this afternoon.
Having won the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division in impressive fashion last season, Brackley will be playing at the highest level the club has ever competed at.
Despite the level of opposition, manager Jon Brady is confident his side will be able to compete and prove themselves in the league.
Brady will have virtually a full squad to pick from for the trip to Altrincham with only midfielders Michael Corcoran and Carl Palmer unavailable.
Brady said: “We’re positive and confident and we’re looking forward to it. We’ve got a couple of injuries – Michael Corcoran is unavailable and Carl Palmer is out but apart from that we’re looking good.
“We’ve had a look at Altrincham and they’re a good footballing side.
“They’ve improved their squad and kept Damien Reid who scored 44 goals last season so it’ll be a test.
“It’ll probably be the second hardest away game of the season but we believe we can go there and get a result.
“We’re excited for the challenge but there’s always a bit of apprehension. We’re just keen to get started and we believe we can go far.”
Brady has brought in a total of six new players to the club for the upcoming season. Having signed Corcoran, Jamie Grimes and Curtis McDonald earlier in the summer, Brady has also added veteran defender Wayne Hatswell, Polish goalkeeper Chris Zyricki and the versatile Eddie Odhiambo, who has impressed in pre-season, to his squad.
Brady added: “I’m happy with the squad at the moment.
“I’m going to give the boys who won us the league last season the opportunities to impress and see what they can do.”
Following the game against Altrincham, Brackley will play their first home match in the Blue Square North on Tuesday against Hinckley United at 7.45pm.