Striker Spencer Weir-Daley believes that Boston United should be looking forward to an ‘exciting’ start to the season.
The Pilgrims have been given a tough opening schedule to their 2013-14 campaign.
They will kick off at relegated Stockport County on August 17, followed by home clashes against AFC Telford United, who have also dropped down from the Conference Premier, and newly-promoted Leamington.
This will be followed by a visit to North Ferriby United, who have also just earned their place at Conference North level.
But while some could be thinking of a damage limitation stategy, Weir-Daley is ready to go all guns blazing.
“It’s a good chance to send out a message,” the forward said.
“People always say you don’t want to play the favourites early one.
“But if you start well in any league there will always be question marks hanging over you until you’ve proven yourself against the strongest teams.”
And proving himself is something Weir-Daley is determined to do, seeing the first two matches as an opportunity to right some wrongs.
His last visit to Edgeley Park saw him watch from the bench as Notts County drew 1-1 with Stockport.
“It’s exciting to go back,” he said. “It’ll be good to go back and it’s a good first game for us.
“It’s a great stadium and the atmosphere will be good because they get lots of fans there.
“Hopefully, I can put in a good performance.”
United’s last visit to Stockport saw them lose 2-0 in a League Two clash back in January 2007, when ex-Pilgrim Anthony Elding made his debut for the Hatters.
Boston defender Carl Piergianni is also looking forward to the clash, which sees him return to his former club.
“Stockport away first game of the season! Fantastic. It had to be that! Buzzing to get started now,” he wrote on Twitter.
Weir-Daley will then go head-to-head with former employers AFC Telford United in United’s first home match of the campaign.
He left York Street to join the Bucks in 2011, but made just two competitive appearances for them in the space of five months, before returning.
Now he wants to show the Telford support just what they missed out on.
“Most of their fans didn’t really get to see me,” added Weir-Daley, who states his departure from New Bucks Head was nothing but amicable.
“Playing against them will give me a good chance to show them the reason the manager wanted me there in the first place.
“The squad there was big and the club wasn’t really run well at the time. It would be nice to get a goal.”