Striker Spencer Weir-Daley has warned Stockport County that the pressure is on them when the two sides meet on Saturday.
Boston United will kick off their Skrill North campaign at Edgeley Park (KO 3pm).
The Hatters are among the favourites for promotion, after dropping down from the Conference Premier last season.
But the Pilgrims striker believes that the weight of expectation on County’s shoulders could work to United’s advantage.
“The pressure will be on them, they’ll be in front of their home crowd,” Weir-Daley told The Standard.
“Hopefully, we can capitalise on that and thrive off their nerves.
“If we can get a good start to the game then anything can happen.”
United are smarting following their 2-0 Lincs Senior Cup defeat to Gainsborough Trinity at the weekend.
But Weir-Daley believes that defeat will only spur Boston on come the league season’s kick off.
He added: “That needs to be a wake up call.
“If that can’t motivate you then nothing will.
“We’ve got to try to use that to our advantage. There’ll be a bit of nerves on the first day - but that’s for both teams.
“We need a good start.”
Boston will host Weir-Daley’s former club AFC Telford United at York Street on Tuesday (KO 7.45pm).