The release this week of the National League fixtures underscored how difficult a season Maidenhead United face, although their chairman does not expect it to be any more demanding than last year’s inaugural campaign.

Peter Griffin believes that the Magpies are well prepared in all areas and have a better understanding of what to expect.

“I wouldn’t say the season looks tougher than last year but it will still be tough,” he said.

“Gateshead, the Magpies’ first opponents, have gone part-time, Eastleigh have lost their major backer, although they have still been signing players, and Dagenham won’t have the backing they did last season. So there are some clubs with financial issues.

“But we also know that clubs like Harrogate and Salford, coming up, are high-profile sides and well-backed.

“Then you have Chesterfield and Barnet, coming down, who will be keen to bounce back, although, look at Hartlepool, who found it tough last season.

“Wrexham have been in this division for 10 years so will be keen to get out, while I expect Leyton Orient to push on.

“There are challenges but we’re well placed.”

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