Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett has named five teams that he expects to challenge for promotion from the National League.
Whilst giving his thoughts, he said he hopes his side will be involved at the top end of the table but also what he has made of the opening four matches of the season so far.
Hignett said, as quoted by Hartlepool Mail: “They don’t come much tougher than Fylde, I expect them to be up there come the end of the season because they’ve got some really good players.
“They’ll be a real test for us so we’ll have to be on our game but hopefully the [Maidenhead] result will give us the confidence we need to go into that one and pick up another win.
“This league is so tough, to win a game, the margins between the best teams and the teams down the bottom are very small so you’ve got to be consistent.
“It’s going to be a bit more open this season I would think.
“But the teams with the big budgets that should be up there. I know Wrexham have spent again, Fylde have obviously had a go, Harrogate have added to their squad, Chesterfield too, so it’s those sort of teams.
“I think Solihull will be up there again because they’ve made some good signings and they were a really big and physical side to play against and they’re looking even stronger this season.
“But it’s hard to say who will challenge for promotion because there’s always one team who come from nowhere.
“It’s a competitive league and you just hope we’re in the mix come the end of the season.”