Rothwell Corinthians look set to hand ex-Kettering Town striker Rob Foster his debut when they return to the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s top flight this weekend.
Corinthians are back in the Premier Division for the first time since 2010-11 and kick off the new season when Huntingdon Town visit Sergeants Lawn tomorrow (Saturday).
Foster looks set to start for Corinthians and boss Shaun Sparrow believes it is a great signing for the club.
The 30-year-old underwent a shoulder operation that kept him on the sidelines and Sparrow said: “When we have Rob fully fit, we have a very gifted forward in our team.
“What he can do on the pitch is devastating and he can do a lot for the younger lads he has around him as well.
“Rob lives locally and has a fondness for the club. I’m told he’s been saying for a while that he wants to play his football here.
“I think he likes way we do things. We are a good fit.”
Sparrow says he’s taking his inspiration from Hollywood heading into the new season!
Looking ahead, he says Corinthians have a challenge similar to the one faced in the movie Cool Runnings.
“That’s how it feels,” he added.
“We are the Jamaican bobsleigh team of the Premier Division!
“We don’t really know what we’re up against, but we know it’s going to be hard.
“We’re just going to approach the season with our own brand of enthusiasm – and maybe kiss a lucky egg as well if we think that will help!
“I might even buy some Jamaican shirts for the lads to wear! But seriously, we are going to do things our way. I don’t want us to change.
“We got here doing what we do and we are going to keep doing that and hope it’s good enough. I’m sure it will be.”
Desborough Town boss Ian Walker admits his side have been handed a “really tough test” on the opening day.
Last season, Holbeach United finished sixth in the UCL Premier Division and they are the visitors to the Waterworks Field tomorrow.
Walker, whose side head to Kirby Muxloe on Tuesday night, expects Holbeach to be challenging again and says Ar Tarn have ambitions to finish in the top 10.
Skipper David Glass and goalkeeper Richard Lavin left during the summer, while Walker has brought in Dodzi Agbenu and John Dean.
He said: “The squad is strong. The average age is about 22 – but it’s strong.
“I’m happy with the balance and the quality, but I don’t know what my starting XI will be.
“We’ve had a good pre-season and I’m happy with everyone.”
Ar Tarn finished 14th last time round and completed their pre-season programme with a 1-0 win over Kettering Town’s Development side on Tuesday.
And Walker added: “I don’t think we have the budget to compete at the top.
“But I would like to think we can push for the top 10.”
Wellingborough Town start a new era at Leicester Nirvana tomorrow.
During the summer, Jamie Wright returned to the Dog & Duck to take over as manager and has made several signings, including Dan Burke from Bedford Town.
Wright has also convinced last season’s top scorer, Jake Newman, to stay with the club.
They face a tough start to the season this weekend.
Last season, Nirvana – then called Thurnby Nirvana – finished runners up behind AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
The Doughboys take on Newport Pagnell in their first home fixture of the season on Tuesday night.