BLACON YC are refusing to be over-awed by their Division One rivals following promotion last season.
Boss Paul Broadbent's positive attitude comes despite a pre-season campaign in which wins have been hard to come by.
He said: 'It doesn't worry me because when you're playing for points it becomes a different game.
'There's a lot of luck in football but the start will be very important. We want to do well and hopefully get that little bit of luck.'
Blacon host New Brighton tomorrow in the first game of the season.
'We don't fear anyone,' added Broadbent, 'but we just need that little bit of luck.'
Blacon broke their pre-season duck on Tuesday by beating Caerwys from the Welsh Alliance 5-0 despite concerns about their strength up front.
CHRISTLETON are looking to weather the storm for the first few games as they begin the season under strength.
Both Kilgannon brothers - Wes and Sean - along with Sean O'Rourke are away for the first couple of weeks, Danny Harris is out for two weeks after twisting his ankle in a pre-season game against Tranmere and Paul Holifield has a hamstring injury.
Manager Peter Herbert said: 'We want to win our opening games, and we have a strong squad, but we've got problems here to start with. We've got players away so have to just get through the first few games.'
Christleton start their campaign tomorrow at West Kirby, a team tipped to do well.
'It would be good to come away with something,' added Herbert. 'Once we've got everyone back we've got a strong squad.'
UPTON AA boss John Cadwallader is hoping his lads can raise their game as they begin life in Division One.
The Division Two champions are planning 12 months ahead and just want to survive their first season in the top flight.
Cadwallader said: 'I'd be happy with fourth from bottom because it's a hard league.
'We want to consolidate and build the squad over the next 12 months. We've got a lot of young players who will improve.'
The Upton boss has also taken heart from the pre-season, despite losing 2-1 to West Kirby on Monday.
'We know what to expect now,' added Cadwallader. 'We've got to earn our right to be on the pitch, starting at Newton.'
Striker Danny Andrews is the only injury, but the key player could be out for weeks with a knee ligament problem.
* In Division Two CAPENHURST fear fitness could be an issue as they begin their campaign after only four pre-season games.
Freshly-grassed goalmouths have prevented them playing at home.
Secretary Martin Williams said: 'We're hoping to achieve promotion but we're lacking match practice.'
Capenhurst begin their campaign against Manweb tomorrow. Striker James Fletcher will be back in two weeks to strengthen a weak attack.
HELSBY open their season with a home fixture against Mallaby tomorrow.
CHESTER NOMADS, who finished in mid-table last term, open up with a trip to Poulton Vics while CHRISTLETON reserves play tonight - at home to Willaston.
* In Division Three, ST WERBURGH'S start with a home clash with Ellesmere Port reserves. UPTON AA's second string host Shaft-esbury, while BLACON YC reserves are at Willaston reserves.