Bury Town manager Richard Wilkins believes his side can stand up to the experience of Wealdstone, who visit Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm).
Glen Little, 37, who played in the Premier League with Bolton Wanderers, Reading and Portsmouth, and ex-Football League striker Scott McGleish, 39, are the two most recognisable names in the unbeaten Stones’ squad.
But with Bury having added the likes of former Stevenage midfielder David Bridges and ex-Peterborough United winger Ryan Semple over the summer, Wilkins is confident his side can deal with their well-known opposition.
“They are a very good team, but we have a lot of experience in our team now as well,” said the Blues’ boss, whose side also host Enfield Town on Tuesday (7.45pm). “Wealdstone like to play football — as do we — so it should be a good game.
“We need to make sure we start in a positive frame of mind.”
The Blues beat Harrow Borough 3-2 in their first home game in the Ryman League Premier Division this season, but subsequent failures to score in a draw with Hampton and Richmond Borough and 1-0 loss to Canvey Island were results reminiscent of the home form that cost them a play-off place last term.
Wilkins will have to reshuffle his defence with Adam Bailey-Dennis and Taylor Nathaniel set to serve one-match suspensions.
He was attempting to secure short-term cover as the Free Press went to print, but could move Joe Whight back to centre-half, possibly paving the way for youngster Ross Bailey to make his first start in central midfield.
Experienced duo John Kennedy (Achilles) and Richard Logan (hamstring) — two more of Bury’s former Football League players — were due to train last night and could be back in the squad tomorrow, while Australian forward Anthony Roulston finally received international clearance and made his debut in Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Canvey Island.
Seb Dunbar, who limped off on Saturday with a thigh problem, is set to recover in time to take his place at left-back, while Jordan Patrick could make his first start of the campaign after coming off the bench to bag a goal at the weekend.
Also on the scoresheet at Carshalton was Billy Clark with a brace of free-kicks and Wilkins warned that the former Ipswich Town youngster is not even close to top form yet.
“He’ll be the first to admit he’s not playing to the levels he would like,” said Wilkins. “It shows what an exceptionally good player he is.
“Sometimes he drifts in and out of games and he wasn’t having the best first half on Saturday, but he still scored two excellent free-kicks.”