Corby Town open their Blue Square Bet North campaign on Saturday afternoon, when they host Vauxhall Motors at Steel Park.
Following an impressive and unbeaten pre-season under new manager Ian Sampson there is a lot of optimism around Jimmy Kane Way, however the Motormen will be eager to inflict Corby’s first defeat under Sampson, and get their own season off to the perfect start.
Both the Steelmen and the Ellesmere Port based club arrive into the 2012/13 campaign following a summer of change and with a huge point to prove.
League sponsors Blue Square Bet have stacked the odds against them, with Vauxhall Motors odds on favourites to be relegated along with Solihull Moors, and Corby Town ranked as 40/1 outsiders to claim the Blue Square Bet North title.
This is largely down to disappointing campaigns for both clubs in 2011/12, with them both involved in a memorable relegation dogfight which went down to the final day of the season.
In the corresponding fixture last season the Steelmen ran out 1-0 winners at Steel Park thanks to a solitary goal from since departed skipper Phil Gulliver. However it was Vauxhall Motors came out on top in the last fixture between the two clubs, in April this year, when goals from Paul Jones and Josh Wilson secured three points despite Paul Malone scoring for Corby.
Ian Sampson enters his first competitive match as Corby Town manager with just one absentee. In-form striker Ricky Miller is serving a 2-match suspension which was carried over from last season, however central defender Pierrick Briand has returned from France and is expected to go straight into the side.