A visit by Aston Villa will be the highlight of Chasetown's 11-match build-up to their debut in the Southern League.
Charlie Blakemore's side, promoted as Midland Alliance champions, will meet Villa at The Scholars on Monday July 31.
Chasetown have added six
new players to their squad - Lee Evans, Craig Holland, Matty Johnson, Ben Steane, Paul McMahon and Steve Piearce - as well as appointing former Rushall Olympic, Stourport Swifts and Solihull Borough assistant Kevin Sweeney as first-team coach.
FRIENDLIES: Sat July 15 v NEWI Cefn Druids, A (3.00); Tues 18 v Brereton Social, A (7.45); Sat 22 v Quorn, A (3.00); Tues 25 v Biddulph Victoria, A (7.45); Thurs 27 v Atherstone Town, A (7.45); Sat 29 v Corby Town, H (3.00); Mon 31 v Aston Villa, H (7.30); Tues Aug 1 v Boldmere St Michaels, A (7.30); Thurs 3 v Moor Green, H (7.00); Sat 5 v Bar-well, H (3.00); Sat 12 v Newtown, A (2.30).
n Roger Ashby will pit his managerial wits against his son Nick as part of Nuneaton Borough's warm-up to the new Nationwide North season.
On Sunday, Boro boss Ashby will take the Manor Park side to United Counties League outfit Wellingborough Town, who appointed former Rushden, Burton and Kettering defender Nick earlier in the summer.
FRIENDLIES: Sat July 15 v Cambridge City, A (3.00); Sun 16 v Wellingborough Town, A (2.00); Thurs 20 v Coventry City (7.45); Sat 22 v Atherstone Town, A (3.00); Mon 24 v Shrewsbury Town, H (7.30); Sat 29 v Rugby
Town, A (3.00); Tues Aug 1 v Wycombe Wanderers, H (7.45); Sat 5 v Tamworth, A (3.00).
n Former Kidderminster Harriers, Tamworth and Burton Albion defender Lee Ayres is hoping to resurrect his career with Bristol Rovers.
Ayres suffered a nightmare time with injury last season, failing to make a single senior appearance with Burton because of a pelvic problem. But the 23-year-old has been undergoing rehabilitation at Lilleshall and has now linked up with League Two side Rovers for pre-season. n Stourbridge boss Gary Hackett has gone back for the future after recruiting Paul Danks and Ross Collins.
Striker Danks has joined from Willenhall Town while versatile defender Collins arrives from Solihull Borough as the Glassboys prepare for their return to the Southern League.
Stourbridge-based Danks is back at Amblecote for a third spell but his connection with Hackett goes back to when the latter signed Danks when Bromsgrove Rovers manager.
Collins had been a YT player at Halesowen Town when Hackett was still playing and the 6ft 2ins defender also headed to Bromsgrove. Rovers had initially announced Collins was going to sign for them earlier in the summer, but he opted to join Stourbridge because of work commitments.
Danks and Collins follows Andy Wells (Oldbury United) as new faces in the Stour-bridge squad. n Goalkeeper Dale Belford has taken his first step into management after being appointed youth-team manager at Atherstone Town.
Belford, a former favourite at Sheepy Road in their previous incarnation as Ather-stone United, will continue to play for Sutton Coldfield Town but says this will be his last season as a player.
The former Tamworth player, an FA Vase winner with the Lambs in 1989, will run the Adders team in the Midland Floodlit Youth League.