Buxton RUFC continue the step up in their preparations for the new campaign on Saturday, when they entertain Ashfield in the first round of the NLD Cup (3pm).
Buxton will be taking a strong squad for the trip to Nottinghamshire as it is their final test before the new Midlands 4 East North season begins a week later.
September 13 sees the team head to Derby-based Rolls Royce, with the maiden home match against Skegness coming a week later (September 20).
Pre-season has seen a win and a loss for the Bucks.
They put in a gritty performance against Midlands 2 side Dronfield before eventually going down 24-1, and followed that up with a good 47-7 win away at Amber Valley.