Sheffield FC and Stocksbridge start new league season on home turf

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With less than a month to go to the big kick-off, the countdown to the 2015-16 Evo-Stik campaign is well and truly underway following the release of the new season’s fixtures.

Sheffield’s two Division One South sides, Sheffield FC and Stocksbridge Park Steels, start at home on August 15.

Club face Carlton Town at Dronfield in what will be new manager Andy Kiwomya’s first competitive game in charge, having replaced Jordan Broadbent in May.

Carlton were labelled Sheffield’s bogey team until last season when club put that to rest by completing a first league double over the Nottinghamshire side.

Sheffield go to newly-promoted Shaw Lane Aquaforce on the following Tuesday, August 18, before rounding off the first week away at Chasetown on Saturday, August 22.

Stocksbridge welcome Market Drayton Town to Bracken Moor for the opening fixture.

The fixture comes just five months after Steels romped to their biggest win of last season, beating the Shropshire side 5-0 in the corresponding fixture following on from a 3-2 success at Greenfield Lane at the beginning of October.

Chris Hilton’s side then face two successive away games with trips to Goole AFC on Tuesday and newcomers Basford United, who won the Midland Football League Premeir Division title last term, on the following Saturday.

Boxing Day sees the first of the two local derbies when Stocksbridge host Sheffield at Bracken Moor, with the reverse fixture on Easter Monday, March 28.

Shaw Lane will write a piece of history into their record books as they kick-off their first ever season at Evo-Stik level with a trip to Tividale.

The Barnsley outfit made it back-to-back promotions after winning the Northern Counties East League as Premier Division championship last term.

n Opening day fixtures in full: Premier Division: Buxton v Darlington 1883, Frickley Athletic v Matlock Town.

Division One South: Sheffield FC v Carlton Town, Stocksbridge Park Steels v Market Drayton Town, Tividale v Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

Stocksbridge went down 2-1 at Garforth Town in their latest warm up game, despite a Liam McFadyen equaliser.

Handsworth Parramore beat Matlock Town 4-1 with goals from Simon Harrison, new signing Richard Adams, Kyle Lilley and Alex Rippon, while former Sheffield forward Joel Purkiss netted for the Gladiators.

Worksop Town were beaten 4-3 at Dunston UTS despite a spirited second half fightback. Trailing 4-0 at the interval the Tigers hit back after the break through Jordan Ball, Adam Ward and Kyle Jordan nine minutes from time.

Staveley MW lost out by the odd goal in five against neighbours Mickleover Sports at Inkersall Road.

Hallam continue their preparations for he new season with an attractive friendly against Chesterfield FC at Sandygate Road tonight (7.45pm).