The beauty of this season’s Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier division is not knowing who will be up there fighting for the title.
That is the opinion held by Stourbridge’s manager Gary Hackett ahead of the first weekend of the new season.
The Glassboys play Matlock on Sunday, but the other games start this afternoon.
Hackett doesn’t think that there is a clear winner – and there rarely is.
He said: “That’s something about this league, often one of the surprise teams does well.
“I think a lot of people would have said Blyth would do well last season, but nobody thought they would have run away with it.
“There’s a lot of strong teams, some look a bit stronger than others perhaps but it looks open again.
“We can’t wait to get down to business.”
Hackett says Sunday’s game against Matlock will be a tough examination.
“They’re a good side,” the manager declared ahead of the match.
“They’ll be looking at playing a part up the top this year as will quite a few others.
“With some good fortune we can have a say. You never know quite how it will pan out but there players have worked hard over the summer.
“It’s difficult to tell until a few months in but we’re sure the league will be very competitive. There’s a lot of quality sides.”