Stamford AFC kick off their Evo-Stik Northern Premier league season at home to Workington on Saturday with an air of optimism after a good pre-season.
The Daniels finished their pre-season programme with a 3-1 victory at home to Coalville on Saturday and are now ready for a sterner test when they get back into league action.
The Daniels have shown some decent form during pre-season and have won five of their seven fixtures, including a big 7-0 win over local rivals Blackstones and 8-2 victory at Bourne Town to lift the Wilf Notley Cup.
Now, on the eve of the new league season, manager David Staff is happy he has a side which can compete in a tough league week in week out.
Staff said: “I think we are looking stronger last year. Pre-season has been good. It is hard to replicate competitive games but the players are gelling together.
“We will find out how good we are in a few weeks when we have played home and away against some of the good sides in the league but we are making steps in the right direction.”
Staff said the squad is less reliant on a few star players to carry them through this season.
Good off-season recruitment means the Stamford boss feels he has players on the bench who can come on and change a game or who can be called upon to ably fit into the side when the fixtures come thick and fast.
Stamford are hoping for strong support from their fans are they embark on their second season in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division.
Staff said: “Strong support does make a difference to your home form, when you are playing in front of 200 or 300 people it helps. Our home form was good last year and we want to make the Vic Couzens a hard place to come to before the move.”