Blues boss Paul Moore is targeting a play-off push and a fruitful cup run ahead of the new term.
Though the Evo-Stik fixture list isn’t unveiled until tomorrow, Clitheroe have already learned their fate in other domestic competitions.
The FA Cup draw at Wembley teamed Moore’s side up with First Division North newcomers Padiham with the preliminary round tie being played at the Arbories on Saturday, August 31st.
Should Clitheroe make it through that derby fixture, they will then be rewarded with a trip to the North East where they’ll take on either Garforth Town, Shildon, Penrith or Newcastle Benfield in First Round Qualifying on Saturday, September 14th.
Meanwhile, in the FA Carlsberg Trophy, the Blues entertain Radcliffe Borough in the Preliminary Round on Saturday, October 5th.
“The tie is a great opportunity for us financially,” said Moore. “It won’t be easy by any stretch of the imagination but I’d like to think we’ll be strong enough to beat them. At the end of the day they’re just another team we have to beat.
“It’s imperative that we do well in the cup competitions in terms of money because it might come in handy if we are pushing for the play-offs this season. The FA Cup may have favoured us with the draw.”
With the league schedule being revealed tomorrow, Moore added: “I’m planning towards our first game now and I can’t wait to see the fixtures.
“Darlington will be a good one but in all I’m not too bothered about who or when we play. We’ve got to play every team in the division at some stage.
“We’ll try to stick to our average of two points per game which we weren’t too far off last year. The target is 24 wins plus a decent cup run.” In a bid to beat last season’s record haul of an eighth place finish and 73 points, Moore has been working hard in the market to equip is squad for the challenge ahead. Padiham’s Joe Garvin has joined the ranks while goalkeeper Tom Fletcher is expected to sign later in the month and provide back-up for Richie Mottram. However, after getting Scott Bakkor to sign on the dotted line, Moore was flummoxed with Daley Woods’ departure to Cammell Laird.
“Daley Woods has gone to Cammell Laird which came as a bit of a surprise,” Moore said.
“We thought we’d fought off the interest in him but that’s what happens pre-season. We’ve got to move on now. I’m really happy with our signings and there may be more to come.”
A Simon Nangle first half penalty earned Clitheroe a 1-1 draw with a Blackburn Rovers XI at the weekend on home soil as the club’s pre-season preparations got underway.
Runcorn Town are the visitors on Saturday with kick-off at 3 p.m. before Alex Johnson returns with FC Halifax Town on Tuesday for a 7-45 p.m. start.