Altrincham manager Phil Parkinson believes Stafford Rangers, their first day opponents, will be competing for promotion this season. He hopes to be up there with them.
The Robins’ new boss is getting ready for his first league game in charge desperate for a change of fortune.
They find themselves into the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League for the first time since the Non-League game was restructured. They slipped down after back-to-back relegations.
Parkinson says he has build a squad capable of being up near the top and it all gets under way this weekend.
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He said: “We’re looking forward to the real stuff come around again. We decided to return to pre-season early this year, and it’s been a really long summer. We need a little more time and we’ve put it to good use.
“Stafford Rangers is a difficult first game, they’ve strengthened well and I expect them to be up there.
“We want to be fighting too, we’ve worked very hard this summer and I’m pleased I got my business done early.
“I’m happy with where we’re at and I think we’re at a level that we need to be. It’s a big season for the club,” said Parkinson, who took over after leaving Nantwich Town in the summer.
“I wouldn’t have come to Altrincham if I didn’t have the belief that I could get us up.”