Macclesfield Town boss Keith Alexander believes his side will have to get off to a good start if they are to have any chance of clinching a play-off place this term.
Macc face one of the summer's big-spenders, Shrewsbury Town, in their first game of the season, and Alexander knows it will be a difficult opener.
"I think that the first ten games are difficult, we've really got a tough start," he told the Macclesfield Express.
"There are good teams, there are teams that have come down from League One, and Blackpool in the Carling Cup.
"Shrewsbury will be big and strong, but we can only play what we've got in front of us. I'm pleased with how pre-season has gone and I think we've got a reasonable squad.
"We've just got to play to our potential week in, week out.
"I don't believe in targets, but I do think we need to be in the top ten at Christmas. If we're not in the play-off positions, then no more than three points away.
"I'm not saying I expect us to be there, but we have hopes and, if we're solid in defence and we can score a few more goals, then you never know."