Hallam aim to get off to a flier

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HALLAM get the new Baris NCEL campaign underway this evening at AFC Emley a little earlier than most of the other leagues due to the commencement of the FA Cup with the extra preliminary round in a week’s time.

The league’s management committee has also taken into consideration that both the Premier Division and Division One has increased from 19 to 22 teams giving clubs an extra four league games.

Hallam won 4-2 at Emley 4-2 last term and manager Julian Watts will look for a repeat result as the Sandygate Road club look to restore their Premier Division status.

They welcome back striker Liam Morris after a short spell with Worksop Parramore, while former Handsworth midfielder Daniel Smith and defender Paul Lavender are set for debuts.

Maltby Main take on Barton Town OB at Muglet Lane under new boss Chris Dunn who has been forced to re-shape the squad. Goalkeeper Liam Copley, along with striker Simon Asquith and former Parkgate wiinger Matt Outram, are all set to make their league bow.

Leo Fortune-West - who replaced 20 year-long clubman Des Bennett - takes charge of his first league game when Armthorpe Welfare run out against Long Eaton United at Church Street.

Parkgate face a tough start at Winterton Rangers who finished one place above the Steelmen in sixth.

Manager Doug Shelley has lost the services of forwards Ashley Worsfold and Chris Wood during the summer break but is set to give a debut to new striker Sam Eckhardt from Hallam along with a trio of former Handsworth players Dan Patterson, Richard Tootle and Ryan Johnson.

Staveley MW start with an attractive game against newly promoted Worksop Parramore at Inkersall Road

In Division One new boys Athersley Rec start with a home clash against fellow newcomers Cleethorpes Town, while Dinnington Town travel to take on another of the new teams Notts side Clipstone Town. Steve Toyne’s men will hope to can carry on where they left off last season when they finished with six wins and a draw from the last seven outings.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic will be hoping its third time lucky when they travel to Grimsby Borough, having lost out twice last term at Bradley Road.

Askern Villa start at home against Yorkshire Amateur with a much-changed Villa line-up, manager Brian Johnston having brought in 13 new players. Former Askern favourites striker Tom McLaughlin and midfielder Andy Taylor are expected to debut for arch rivals Rossington Main at relegated Selby Town.