Following the shock resignation of manager Mark Burge and his support team, Highgate begin their fourth season in the Midland Football Alliance under the charge of Keith Checketts.
The former youth team boss will be assisted by Darren Carmel, player coach Ian Mitchell and physio Paul Maguire.
On the back of pre season friendlies, a loss to Black Country Rangers and draws with Midland Combination outfits Pilkington and Earlswood, Checketts recognises that his young team faces a tough challenge.
In adjusting to the rigours of MFA football patience will be the order of the day in the early weeks of the campaign.
Highgate start their season on Saturday with Rocester the visitors to Tythe Barn Lane (KO 3pm) and on Tuesday evening they travel to Hereford to face Westfields (7.45pm).