THE fixture computer has picked out a cracker for Vauxhall's opening game in Nationwide North by sending the Motormen to Southport on Saturday, August 14.
The clash will pit former Rivacre Park goal ace Terry Fearns against his former club on what is likely to be his debut for the Sandgrounders.
Prolific marksman Fearns was sent off on his last appearance at Haig Avenue in a case of mistaken identity, which sparked ugly scenes on the touchline with a mêlée involving players and coaching staff from both sides.
Ironically, the player who had committed the initial offence and was subsequently banned was midfielder Kevin Lynch, who has also joined Fearns at Southport and could also line up against his former team-mates.
Following their trip to Southport, Vauxhall have a further five fixtures in August against UniBond League opponents who they faced last season (Droylsden, Worksop, Lancaster, Alfreton and Harrogate) - and it's not until September 4 when they visit Redditch United that they come across new opposition.
The league has arranged 'derby' matches for Boxing Day/New Year's Day with the Motormen tackling Runcorn home and away respectively in a double header over the festive period.
The campaign closes on Saturday, April 30 with a trip to one of manager Owen Brown's former clubs, Barrow.
Chairman Alan Bartlam said: 'When the South-port game was announced, I thought that someone at the Conference must have a good sense of humour.
'It's a big game for us while Terry Fearns and Kevin Lynch have the chance to play against their former team-mates. We played Southport three times last season and always did all right. It's also interesting that the rest of the games in August are all against teams that finished above us.
'It won't be easy competing with crowds of 250 so we've got to get more people through the gate. But we've come a long way in a short space of time.'
Meanwhile, with pre-season training now into its second week, Vauxhall have announced the departure of a third senior player this summer, with central defender Craig Robinson joining Nationwide North rivals Droylsden.
On Tuesday, July 22, the same evening Vauxhall's first team face an Everton XI at Rivacre Park (7.30), the West Cheshire League side will play Lucas Sports on the outside pitch at 7.00.
The sides will contest the Mark Pearson Trophy, in memory of the player who turned out for both clubs before dying after collapsing while turning out for the Motormen five years ago. Malpas report for training on Monday to prepare for another season in the Mid-Cheshire League.
Tommy Lloyd remains in charge and hopes to bring in at last three new players, but all newcomers will be welcomed at Monday training sessions which start at 6.30pm.
He said: 'The players know what standards they have to aspire to and we will be going for the honours very seriously next season.' Malpas go to Connah's Quay for a friendly match on Tuesday, July 20 and home matches have been provisionally arranged against Christleton, Wem and Rhos.
Airbus UK boss Rob Lythe thinks his side have nothing to fear when they face Welshpool Town in the Weslh Premier League Challenge Cup.
As the new boys to the top division, the Broughton side have to play in the preliminary round.
Lythe said: 'We know them well as we played in the same division about two years ago and did the double over them, so we'll be quite confident and we're looking forward to it.'
However, the tie has brought up one problem as Airbus will play the first leg at home on August 17, which is before the restructuring work at their Broughton ground will be finished.
Although Airbus have worked around that problem in the league by starting their Welsh Premier campaign with two away games, the cup encounter means their 'home' leg will have to be played at Conwy's Morfa Stadium - a situation Lythe admits is far from ideal.
'It's not the best pitch at Conwy and I'm sure it won't suit either side, so it's going to be a real struggle going up there because it's just like an away match,' said Rob.
'But we're going to play a few friendly games up there so we can get accustomed to it.'
Lythe is now planning to take a family break but he did reveal his latest transfer target - ex-Chester City youngster John Davies.
The 18-year-old was released from the Deva Stadium this summer and is now training with Airbus.
Lythe has been impressed. 'John has been outstanding in pre-season so far and he is someone we definitely want to keep,' said the boss.
Airbus players re-signed are: William Dixon, Andy Thomas, James Dean, Jamie Vietch, Ben McKean, Tinashe Mutanha, Steve Hughes, Rob Ruffell, Richard Smart, John Farrell, John Dowridge, Ian Marsh, Paul Dodd, James McIntosh, Dave Nottage and James Hussanney.