IF Graham Westley is to relive his dream of Conference success this season, then the opening three weeks of the new season could well be a crucial time.

Westley's Boro take on their three main championship rivals in the space of eight days — a period which will almost certainly test their title credentials.

The long trip to Doncaster Rovers on August 26 is followed by a home clash with last season's runners-up Dagenham & Redbridge, three days before they visit second favourites Yeovil Town at Dorchester Town FC.

Conference fever made a sudden return to the AIMITA Stadium on Thursday when the fixtures were released by the Football Association — a week early than expected.

And what interesting reading they make.

Westley's season starts with a tricky trip to Edgar Street, Hereford before the AIMITA account opens the following Tuesday night, with Boro aiming to emulate that 6-1 victory over Stevenage in April.

Revenge is then on the cards on the second Saturday of the season when the Football League's relegated side Halifax Town visit the AIMITA Stadium - Halifax, of course, knocked Boro out of last season's FA Cup at the first round stage.

No surprise, however, to see that derby days remain the same this year, with Woking set to visit the AIMITA on Boxing Day and Boro making the return visit five days later at the turn of the New Year.

Westley will also be encouraged by the end-of-season run-in which could be crucial as Boro vie for a place in the top five and, with it, a chance to make the first ever Conference play-off and ultimate second promotion spot.

Home games with newly-promoted Gravesend and Morecambe sandwich a trip to Margate (at Dover Athletic FC) and the final game of the season is at Nuneaton, so Westley will certainly be confident of finishing the season in much the same way he ended this one.

But before fans can get excited about talks of possible promotion and play-off scenarios, there is still a lot of work to be done both on and off the pitch.

New boys Danny Carroll, Gary Butterworth and Ken Charlery team up with their new team mates at the end of this week when the players report back for training, while Westley scours the transfer market to complete his squad with one more key addition.

But with Westley away for a week, all off-the-field plans have been put on hold for now.

He is likely, however, to comment, upon his return, about a rumoured AIMITA redevelopment up to Football League standard - this now looking the more likely option.

The full list of fixtures are as follows:

AUGUST

Sat 17 Hereford United (a)

Tues 20 STEVENAGE BOROUGH (H)

Sat 24 HALIFAX TOWN (H)

Mon 26 Doncaster Rovers (a)

Sat 31 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE (H)

SEPTEMBER

Tues 3 Yeovil Town (a) (at Dorchester)

Sat 7 Southport (a)

Sat 14 SCARBOROUGH (H)

Tues 17 Barnet (a)

Sat 21 LEIGH RMI (H)

Tues 24 FOREST GREEN ROVERS (H)

Sat 28 Telford United (a)

OCTOBER

Sat 5 Northwich Victoria (a) (at Witton)

Tues 8 MARGATE (H)

Sat 12 KETTERING TOWN (H)

Sat 19 Morecambe (a)

Sat 26 FAC4q

NOVEMBER

Sat 2 NUNEATON BOROUGH (H)

Sat 9 Gravesend & Northfleet (a)

Sat 16 FAC1

Sat 23 NORTHWICH VICTORIA (H)

Sat 30 BURTON ALBION (H)

DECEMBER

Sat 7 Chester City (a) FAC2

Sat 14 SOUTHPORT (H)

Sat 21 Scarborough (a)

Thurs 26 WOKING (H)

Sat 28 Stevenage Borough (a)

JANUARY

Weds 1 Woking (a)

Sat 4 HEREFORD UNITED (H) FAC3

Sat 11 FAT3

Sat 18 Halifax Town (a)

Sat 25 DONCASTER ROVERS (H) FAC4

FEBRUARY

Sat 1 FAT4

Sat 8 Dagenham & Redbridge (a)

Sat 15 YEOVIL TOWN (H) FAC5

Sat 22 Leigh RMI (a) FAT5

MARCH

Sat 1 BARNET (H)

Sat 8 Forest Green Rovers (a) FAC6

Sat 15 TELFORD UNITED (H) FAT6

Sat 22 Burton Albion (a)

Sat 29 CHESTER CITY (H)

APRIL

Sat 5 Kettering Town (a) FATsf1

Sat 12 MORECAMBE (H) FATsf2

Sat 19 Margate (a) (at Dover Ath FC)

Mon 21 GRAVESEND & N'FLEET (H)

Sat 26 Nuneaton Borough (a)

MAY

Sat 11 FATf