BOSTON Town boss Martyn Lakin says his squad have to go out and show their intentions immediately.
The Poachers kick off their United Counties League Premier Division campaign on Saturday with a trip to Newport Pagnell Town.
And the tough contests will come thick and fast as Town host fierce derby rivals Holbeach United at Tattershall Road three days later.
With the Poachers following these clashes up with an all-important FA Cup extra-preliminary round match, Lakin knows his side have to hit the ground running.
“We need to get off to a good start,” he told The Standard.
“We have some tough opening fixtures, and it is important for us to shape our season early on.”
However, Lakin – who is in the Poachers dug-out for his second season – believes his side should be a team for others to fear.
“We have to go out and show what we can do,” he added.
“We have hopes for this season like every other club, and I know our team is good enough to compete.
“If we get off to a good start it sets us up nicely for the season.”
Newport Pagnell finished third in the UCL Premier last season, four places and 22 points ahead of Town.
But with new signing Danny Matson joining veteran goal-grabber Gary Bull and Alex Beck, the Poachers have an attack which looks more than capable of scoring goals.
Matson joined Boston after turning down an approach from fen rivals Holbeach.
And when the two sides meet on Tuesday there will be even more to play for than the fierce bragging rights between the Poachers and Tigers.
John Chand’s Holbeach side have spent the summer snapping up Paul Goodhand, Loz Lambley, Adam Jackson, plus Lewis Brooks, all four of whom played at Tattershall Road last season.
Lakin was quick to talk down suggestions of a rift with Chand, saying he gets on well with the Tigers boss.
But with so much player-swapping between the two sides, both Boston and Holbeach will be desperate for a bit of one-upmanship.
The Poachers should, however, go into their season brimming with confidence.
A pre-season schedule has seen them defeat rivals Boston United 2-0 and keep five clean sheets.
They wrapped up their warm-up games with a 9-0 drubbing of Lincs League Swineshead on Thursday, before Saturday’s 6-2 success at Peterborough Premier outfit Pinchbeck United.
Town’s third fixture of the season takes them away from league action to Glossop North End.
And with the financial rewards that come with a good cup run, Town will be desperate to get one over their North West Counties Football League opponents.
Town travel to Newport Pagnell on Saturday (KO 3pm) and host Holbeach on Tuesday (7.45pm).
The Poachers under 18s are on the lookout for more players to join them.
The club would like to hear from youngsters who have been released from an academy or centre of excellence, but also players who have played for A League Mid-Lincs teams previously.
All players must be under 18 on August 31.
For details call Craig Gosling on 07920047447.