Fakenham Town assistant player-manager Robbie Harris hopes his side can improve on their 13th-place finish from last season.
The Ghosts kick-off their Premier Division campaign at much-fancied Stanway tomorrow and the Clipbush Park outfit have been handed a tough start to their league programme.
Games against Godmanchester and Norwich United follow during the early weeks of the season and Harris said: “We’ve got a tough start, but hopefully we can hit the ground running.
“If we can pick up six or seven points from our first few games it will set us up nicely for the fixtures which we should be looking to get something from.
“The aim is to improve on our 13th place from last season and if we can play well and make a good start then who knows we might be able to sneak a top-eight finish.
“We did really well up until Christmas but Wayne (Anderson) leaving dragged on too long and if affected us on the pitch in the second half of the season.”
The Ghosts have been the least active of the local Thurlow Nunn League sides in the transfer market with no new summer signings at Clipbush Park.
Dion Frary is the only departure with the youngster signing for Dereham Town.
Harris, who plans one more season on the playing front himself, said: “We are reasonably happy with the squad.
“We’ve got a good blend of youth and experience and a lot of the younger players are a year older now.”
Fakenham Town suffered a 3-1 reverse in their final friendly at Deeping Rangers on Saturday after defeating Dersingham Rovers 2-1 a few days earlier with Harris and Kyle Plumb both on target.