BUXTON FC face the sternest test of their pre-season programme on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) with the visit of what is likely to be a strong Notts County side.
Manager Keith Curle took the club very close to a League One play-off place last spring and has strengthened his squad with a number of experienced summer signings.
Perhaps his most well-known player is veteran striker Lee Hughes, whose goals total in the league is approaching 200 for the likes of West Brom and Coventry.
Silverlands officials are expecting a large contingent of visiting supporters, so are urging fans to arrive early to avoid congestion at the turnstiles.
The following Wednesday July 25 (kick-off 7.45pm), the Bucks face another tough challenge as Macclesfield Town are the visitors to contest the Keith Alexander Memorial Trophy, currently held by the Silkmen.
The Cheshire club lost its Football League status last spring but new manager Steve King has already brought in 12 close-season recruits to bolster a challenge for an immediate return to League Two.
After last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Worksop Parramore, Buxton manager Martin McIntosh made another signing with the acquisition of experienced defender Kevin Sandwith from Blue Square North club Gainsborough Trinity.
Initially a Carlisle United trainee, he then played Conference soccer for Telford, Doncaster and Halifax before entering the Football League with Lincoln City and later serving Macclesfield and Chester.
He then played for Mansfield Town before joining Gainsborough a year ago.
On the debit side it seems that non-contract midfielder Peter Davidson has opted to join NCEL outfit Scarborough Athletic.
Last Saturday at Worksop was a time for the renewal of acquaintances with as many as five ex-Silverlanders in Parramore’s ranks.
One-time Buxton player and joint-manager, Stuart Lowe, alongside right-winger of a decade ago Louis Axcell, were members of the management team, while Stuart’s son Scott, Ashley Foyle and Luke Smith all played in Parramore’s defence.
Meanwhile, last week’s Goole FC signing of midfielders Martin Pembleton and Jack Cross took the number of ex-Silverlanders recruited by former Bucks manager John Reed to six, following the acquisition of Scott Hartley, Sam Liversidge, Chris Ovington and David Taylor.