MANAGER Dan Moore is hoping that familiarity will breed success for Buckley Town this season.

Tonight’s home meeting with last season’s Ardal North East League champions Chirk AAA opens the season at The Globe.

“It’s my sixth season now with Buckley,” said Moore. “Fifty per cent of the lads have been with us for four-or-five years.

“We had a plan when I took the role and that was to bring in young players.”

Looking ahead to the big kick-off, Moore, whose side beat Penrhyncoch in the Welsh League Cup last weekend, said: “Chirk deserve to be in the league and it’s going to be hard.

“Even if they had got beaten on Sunday, it wouldn’t have made a difference to our preparations.”

It is likely to be a few weeks until Chirk can start contemplating being at full strength.

Andy Pryde, who masterminded last weekend’s 1-0 success over Conwy Borough in the League Cup, still has eight players unavailable for tonight’s trip to Buckley.

Despite this, Pryde has confidence in his squad, and he’s looking forward to his side’s first Cymru North encounter.

“I think they will be decent,” said Pryde. “They know how to play football.

“I think it will be a close game again. Everybody we bring in gives 100 per cent.”

Jake Ellison is suspended for Chirk, while Jack Edwards and Matthew Williams are out.

New signing from Berriew, Steff Rogers is in line to make his debut.

Mold Alex boss Mike Cunningham reckons his newly-promoted side could not have asked for a tougher fixture as they head to Guilsfield tomorrow.

“Guilsfield away - they finished third last season - is as probably as tough as you can get,” said Cunningham, who is without four first teamers, including Jacob Wise and Will Nevitt.

“We lacked a bit of ruthlessness in our cup defeat to Holywell.

“We showed we have the quality that we can go and match it with anyone in this league.

“The lads worked hard last season to get to where we are and we have to make sure we enjoy it on Saturday.”