AFC Rushden & Diamonds kick off their ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division campaign with a trip to Harborough Town tonight (Tuesday).
While the rest of the UCL swung into action at the weekend, Diamonds played one more friendly as their opening league game with Sleaford Town was postponed after their manager Kris Jones was left in a critical condition following a car accident last Monday.
Diamonds boss Andy Peaks watched his team slip to a 1-0 defeat to Codicote at the Dog & Duck in their final pre-season action.
And he is expecting a tough test when they head to Bowdens Park to take on a Harborough team, who were also without a game on Saturday after their match at Wisbech Town was called off due to flooding.
“What happened with Sleaford last week certainly brought a bit of perspective into everything,” the Diamonds boss said.
“Postponing the game was definitely the right thing to do and it means we have to start a bit later than everyone else.
“The friendly proved to be a bit frustrating. We weren’t at our best but we still created enough chances to win the game comfortably.
“We are just looking forward to getting started and it will be tough. Even though they struggled last season, Harborough worked very hard against us when we played them. We had to perform very well to get a result and I am sure that will be the case again tonight.
“We want to try to get off to a good start but we know every team will raise their game against us. It certainly won’t be easy in any game.”
Also in the Premier Division, Wellingborough Town play their first home game of the season when they take on Cogenhoe United at the Dog & Duck.
Ben Watts’ team slipped to a 2-0 defeat at newly-promoted Harrowby United on the opening day.
Desborough Town are on the road again at Long Buckby after they pushed highly-fancied Holbeach United all the way on Saturday before a late goal saw them beaten 2-1.
In Division One, Rothwell Corinthians and Thrapston Town clash in a local derby at Sergeants Lawn.
Corinthians will be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 home defeat to ON Chenecks while Thrapston got their season off to a winning start with a 3-2 verdict at Bugbrooke.
Rushden & Higham United were also 3-2 winners at St Neots Saints on the first day and they take on Chenecks at Hayden Road this evening while Stewarts & Lloyds, who lost 3-0 to Whitworth on Saturday, head to Lutterworth Athletic.