Port Vale manager Micky Adams is preparing for a difficult start to the season after learning his side will provide the opening-day opposition for newly-promoted Crawley.
Adams, back at Vale Park following a brief spell in charge of Sheffield United, will begin his second stint at the club against the Conference champions on August 6.
"It's always good to start at home and we have a tough test in Crawley, who are the bookies' favourites to go up this season following their promotion," Adams told the club's official website.
"That is quickly followed by Huddersfield at home in the Carling Cup and, although there are no easy games, it's a very difficult start for us."
Adams added: "It's a really tough division this season.
"Every game will pose its own test and I am looking forward to getting out onto the training pitch and preparing the best we can."
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