VAUXHALL Motors boss-carl Macauley is to unleash his latest signings on Ronnie Moore's new-look Tranmere Rovers at Rivacre Park tonight.
Macauley will hand debuts to Stuart Whittaker, Lee Dames and Mark Williams as well as a host of trialists as the Motormen aim to get their pre-season schedule off to a flying start.
Macauley, who will be embarking upon his first full season in management, is expecting the Prenton Park outfit to provide a stern test for his side and is keen to see Vauxhall match their high-profile visitors.
He said: ''It's a nice game to start with and we are all looking forward to it.
'Ronnie Moore will want to look at the new players he has brought in and although it is just about match fitness at this time of year, it is a good test for us and we won't want to come off the field having been hammered by five or six.'
The match has become a regular pre-season attraction for Motors and Macauley is hopeful that the contest will attract a bumper crowd, particularly given the recent signing-spree made by Rovers.
He said: 'It's a bit of a local derby so I expect they will bring quite a few fans and I think we will have a few more through the gate too.
'Tranmere will have a lot of new players who are keen to impress the manager and it will be a similar situation in the match against Everton.
'They will probably bring a very young side which can often be the most difficult game for sides like us because they are hungry to prove something to their manager.'
Vauxhall striker Thomas Rooney faces a race against time to be fit to face his former club after suffering a groin strain in training.
The 21-year-old began his career at Prenton Park but was never given a first-team opportunity with Rovers.
Macauley said: 'It's a shame for Thomas because players like to take on their former clubs and they like to prove a point.
'He's desperate to make it but we are more concerned with getting him ready for the season and won't risk him if he is not completely fit.'
The friendly against Tranmere kicks off at 7pm tonight and admission is £6 for adults and £3 for concessions.
Fans are advised to arrive at Rivacre Park early to avoid congestion.