PAUL Carden says the calibre of opponents facing his Warrington Town side next season excites him.

Yellows will have games against Altrincham and Stalybridge Celtic as part of their 2017/18 campaign after they were relegated from the National League North along with Worcester City.

Town’s near neighbours Witton Albion will also join them in the Evo-Stik Premier Division after their promotion from the First Division South.

Shaw Lane, Farsley Celtic and Lancaster City also enter the fray, but Carden was pretty clear about who would be the big favourites for the title.

“Altrincham look like they are going to be the team throwing the money around to try and get back up,” he said.

“They’ve done some business early and brought in players I wouldn’t have thought would come to this level, so good luck to them.

“It’s all good for the region to have more games between teams locally at this level.

“When we’re playing teams like Altrincham and Stalybridge, there will be bigger crowds and it’s obviously less travelling involved for the players.

“It definitely makes more sense that it has happened this way.”