Bourne Town kick off the season tomorrow and are hoping for a top six finish in division one of the United Counties League Division.
However the Wakes have already been dealt a blow as flying winger Robbie Pearce is out for six or seven weeks.
The former Blackstones and Rutland Rangers player dislocated his shoulder and damaged ankle ligaments in the first 30 seconds of Wakes’ friendly against Peterborough Northern Star on Wednesday night.
Pearce had gone in for a challenge and although it seemed innocuous at first he was obviously in agony.
His shoulder was popped back in, but his ankle had only just recovered from an injury last season.
Wakes boss Darren Munton said: “It’s a big blow to us as he was really just getting to full fitness and then in the first minute this happens.”
Northern Star went on to win 5-0 and it’s been not been the most fluent of pre-seasons for the Wakes as player availability has meant they have not yet fielded the same side twice.
Out of the friendlies Wakes have lost three, drawn one and won one.
However the summer results are of no major concern to Munton as the real business starts tomorrow.
He said: “Last year we finished 10th and I think this year if we can push for a top six place then I would be happy with that.
“Thrapston were mid-table last year although they finished quite strongly and the first two or three games of the season are always going to be tough and you want to start well, especially at home.”
The loss of attacker Pearce compounds the Wakes’ lack of options up front after two strikers left over the summer.
Munton is hopeful of perhaps adding someone up front, perhaps a striker who may be forced to sit on the bench elsewhere and wants to be playing more football.
The Wakes game against Thrapston is at Abbey Lawn tomorrow, kick-off at 3pm.