The Lothian West outfit, who last season finished eighth in the third tier of the Lothian and Edinburgh Amateur FA, are looking to rise to Premier 2 this term, with boss Nisbet saying he is confident his new-look squad can help the club achieve their ambitions.
Player-boss Nisbet said: “It’s our third season going into the Lothian West division and we’re looking to challenge for promotion – or maybe even the title. We’ve definitely got a better squad this season than we have had since I formed the club five years ago.
“I’m very happy with my squad, we’ve got a good core of 20 players that you can pull in and pull out.”
Nisbet was speaking to Grassroots following a pre-season defeat to Tollcross Thistle at Forrester High 3G.
He said of the game: “It was great for us because they are two divisions above us. It was a good workout. The first-half was very tight with a lot of good football. I don’t think the ball was out the park for more than a couple of seconds. There was a high-tempo in the game as well, which makes a world of difference.
“There were a lot of changes with pretty much a new team out, and a lack of fitness took over in the end.”
Alba, who were winners of the 2011 Ian McDonald Cup, will continue a series of friendly matches in preparation for the new campaign when they face Tynecastle seniors tonight.