It will be a mixture of new and familiar faces for Town's supporters on Saturday afternoon, as new signings Steff Edwards, Wes Baynes, Alec Williams, Rio Ahmadi, Paulo Mendes, Leigh Jenkins and Nashawn Blake will all hope to play a part and give the fans a first glimpse of what they have to offer ahead of the new season. Combine that with the experience and familiarity of last season's squad, with Declan Walker, Chris Mullock, Mathew Jones, Jack Rimmer and Geoff Kellaway already having committed their futures at Park Avenue next season, and there is an exciting look to the newly formed black and greens' squad. Newly named First Team Coach Gavin Allen will join the rest of the coaching team for first first game back in the Park Avenue dugouts as a coach rather than a player.
Saturday's visitors Halesowen Town will make their debut trip to Park Avenue, as they continue their own preparations for the start of the Evo-Stik South Premier Division Central in just under a month's time. The Yeltz finished 23rd in the Evo-Stik Premier Division last season, but will start the 2018/19 season in the Central Division of the Southern League as part of the restructuring of the non-league pyramid. Abe's fans will undoubtedly recognise Halesowen's main striker, Lee Hughes, who scored 114 goals in 281 appearances for West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City in the Premier League and The Championship between 1998 and 2004.
In what is sure to be a stern test, but excellent preparation for the black and greens, kick off at Park Avenue on Saturday afternoon is at 2:30p.m. Visiting supporters can find Park Avenue with the Postcode SY23 1PG. Admission costs £8 for adults, £5 concessions and £2 for u16's - we look forward to seeing you at Park Avenue for the build up to the new season!