Reds have gone through a relatively successful pre-season in terms of training and seven friendly fixtures, but how good the preparations have been will be put to the test over the next nine months.
David Hewson and Lee Andrews go into the new campaign with virtually the same squad that reached the play-offs last season. There may be additions to the group during the season and, no doubt, departures too. For the time being, though, the management are happy with the squad at their disposal.
Kyle May left in the summer, after his magnificent thirteen seasons with the club, while the only ‘new face’ is that of Jamie Mellen who joined the expanding group of Barrow based players in the squad.
Reds played seven pre-season games after reporting back for training at the end of June. For what it is worth, they won six of those matches with the only defeat the one inflicted on them by Carlisle United.
They scored nineteen goals with Jack Ryan netting five of those, using 27 players in the process.
Two training sessions at Borough Park will complete their pre-season work and that will be just the fine tuning for set piece routines – for and against.
The focus is very much on the visit of Halesowen Town on Saturday which is quickly followed by tough away trips to Marine and Nantwich Town.
The managers won’t announce their starting XI until Saturday but Aaran Taylor will skipper the side in the continued absence of Gari Rowntree.
The new strip will be worn for the first time on Saturday consisting of red shirts with a white chevron across the chest, white shorts and red and white socks.
Updated 17:33 - 8 Aug 2017 by Paul Armstrong