CAPTAIN Peter Cavanagh knows pre-season results count for nothing and says Accrington Stanley will be in top gear for the August 11 kick off.
It has been a mixed pre-season with Stanley's tour of Scotland last week producing three draws.
The Reds had goalless encounters against part-timers Brechin and Arbroath and a late Rommy Boco goal salvaged a 2-2 draw against Third Division East Fife on Saturday.
But Cavanagh doesn't see these results as a negative - and isn't worried as everything is geared to the League Two opener at Wycombe.
"You would love to win every game four or five nil but in some ways that isn't a good thing," said the skipper.
"It can paint a picture that the team will carry on doing well and then it can be a rude awakening once the season starts.
"The fact it hasn't all gone well means we know there are plenty of things to work on and we can do that between now and Wycombe.
"The Scottish Leagues are a decent standard of football. East Fife have certainly improved since last season. It is wrong to say that it is the UniBond - it is more like the Conference North.
"People have been saying they are part-time but I was talking to some of their players and they have had three sessions a week since June.
"We are doing four - two days off two days on - and they are also in front of us with their season starting this weekend.
"They have the sharpness. We have finished every game stronger with our extra fitness but they have just had that bit of sharpness which will come to us in the next week."
He admitted the defence were probably happier with the Reds' pre-season tour than the attack as they conceded two goals in the three games.
"The gaffer last season made a point of talking about our goals against column and I think this year we have improved," said Cavanagh.
"The defence got a lot out of having two clean sheets in the first two games and we know we can always create chances and score goals."
Coleman has mostly used new signing Mark Roberts and Robbie Williams in the heart of the defence while he has choices for right back and left back in Peter Cavanagh, Phil Edwards, Leam Richardson and Graham Branch.
"We have looked tighter as a team," continued the 25-year-old.
"Mark Roberts has had a really good tour and is a good player while we know what Rocky (Williams) is all about.
"Both have got bags of pace and I think that bodes well for the season."
Cavanagh believes the Reds can be challenging at the right end of the table this season after their battle against relegation in their first campaign in League Two - but he knows there are teams to fear.
"I think you would be a fool not to fancy Peterborough for all the money they have spent and they have got a few players from Walsall who were the best in our league last season.
"MK Dons will also be strong as they have bought a few players and have Paul Ince in charge.
"But I think we showed last season that when we started with our 11 strongest players they were pretty decent games and we were a match for anyone.
"You do need to steer clear of injuries and suspensions though especially as we don't have as bigger squad as some of the teams."
Up front, Coleman has a wealth of talent with Paul Mullin, Roscoe Dsane, Leighton McGivern, Rommy Boco, Lee McEvilly, David Brown and John Miles all challenging.
"We have got a recipe to play a number of combinations," said the captain.
"Everyone will have their own ideas about who is the strongest pairing but they are all good players."
So far only Roberts, Boco, McGivern and Jay Harris have scored from open play in pre-season with other goals coming from triallists, youth team players or the penalty spot.
But Boco will have relished his goal at East Fife on Saturday which was a morale-boosting equaliser.
Stanley's defence was caught out twice in the first half with Lloyd Young scoring from 20 yards for the Fifers and Craig O'Reilly following it up before the break.
Stanley could muster little but the introduction of the Benin international after the break helped the Reds find more firepower.
And McGivern was the first Stanley striker to score on the tour, volleying home through a sea of bodies ten minutes after the re-start.
It looked, though, like Stanley would suffer a shock loss until Boco burst through late on and rifled the ball into the back of the net from 20 yards.
Things did get heated towards the end when new signing McEvilly and Jonathan Smart squared up to each other but the referee gave both of them yellow cards, before the Reds striker was substituted to avoid further trouble.
Team v Arbroath : Arthur, Branch, Roberts, Williams, Edwards, Miles, Boco, Carden (Procter), Whalley, McEvilly (McGivern), Dsane (Mullin).
Team v East Fife : Dunbavin (Arthur); Cavanagh; Richardson; Roberts, Procter; Whalley, Mullin (McEvilly, Fearon); Edwards; Carden; Branch (Boco); Brown (McGivern)