Chris Hardy believes that home advantage could prove key in the opening BetVictor Northern Premier game of the season against Witton Albion.

In the past, Witton have proved to be a side that the Blues tend to struggle against with the Cheshire side winning the last five meetings, but ending that rot on the opening day would be most welcome.

Speaking in the week, the Seasiders’ manager hopes that being at home can spur his side on to all three points.

“I think it’s a real positive that we’ve been drawn at home for the opening fixture,” said Hardy.

“Hopefully if we’re really competitive and on point we can take all three points.

“Hopefully last week’s performance against Pickering can carry over into this match.”

Regarding team news, Hardy expects to have a full squad to choose from meaning that several competitive debuts could be handed out to the likes of Arran Wearmouth, Bradley Mills, Ben Kitchen, Matthew Dixon and Corey Roper.

As much as it is a huge boost going into the new campaign, Hardy and his management team could have a dilemma in terms on who gets to start at the Towbar Express Stadium at the Turnbull Ground.

“My main issue could be choosing who gets to start,” Hardy admitted.

“I have a bit of a dilemma as to what to go with but whoever does start needs to take their chance.

“As the season progresses and with the number of games over the next few months things will start to look after themselves.”