The Midland Football Alliance
Published 31st July 2012
.....of Tipton Town to Tythe Barn Lane.
It is sure to be a tough test for Highgate as they face a team they failed to beat in four league and cup meetings last season with a just a goalless draw breaking their sequence of defeats.
The Tipton clash is followed by midweek visits to Stratford Town on Tuesday and Bridgnorth Town one week later.
In between that, Gate are in FA Cup action when they entertain West Midlands (Regional) League and Herefordshire-based Wellington in the Extra Preliminary Round on August 11th.
Having narrowly avoided relegation last time around and never having won an opening day fixture since earning promotion to the Alliance, boss Keith Checketts will be hoping his side can break that unenviable duck and get the season off to a positive start.
The loss of Trevor Edwards to Studley has been tempered by the return to the club of Tom Reynolds from Causeway United and with more signings expected, Checketts and his assistant Dennis Mulholland are hopeful of putting together a squad capable of shaking off their tag of perennial strugglers and holding their own in what is sure to be a competitive league, which will include new teams Continental Star, Stourport Swifts and Gornal Athletic.