Parkgate head for coast in new-look league

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The new Northern Counties East League campaign gets under way tomorrow.

Significant changes over the summer sees the league under the new banner of Baris NCEL who replaced previous three-year sponsors Koolsport. The league also has a new president in World Cup Final referee Howard Webb.

On the field, Hallam and Dinnington Town aim to bounce back after being relegated from the Premier Division last term, while the new kids on the block are Worksop Parramore, formerly Sheffield Parramore, whose owner Peter Whitehead has bought the club a new ground at Sandy Lane on the edge of Worksop.

Parkgate have a tough act to follow after finishing Premier Division runners up last term and start with a trip to Scarborough Athletic.

The two teams couldn’t be separated last term, drawing 2-2 at Green Lane then 1-1 away.

Retford United return to the NCEL four years after winning the Premier Division championship following their voluntary demotion from the Evo-Stik League. The Badgers squad has been completely rebuilt under new boss Brett Marshall, so much so that when the team takes to the field at Cannon Park against promoted Barton Town only midfield due Steve Owens and Adam Scott remain from last term.

Maltby Main host title favourites Bridlington Town who did the double over the Miners last term that included a 5-1 victory at Muglet Lane.

Steve Adams is likely to give debuts to defender Gary Middleton and midfielder Shawn Mitchell from Swinton Athletic.

Armthorpe Welfare kick off at home against Thackley. Des Bennett’s men beat the West Yorkshire side 2-1 on the final day of last season to complete a league double, while promoted Staveley Miners Welfare get their Premier campaign under way at Brighouse Town.

Dinnington, back in Division One after three seasons in the top flight, start at home to Pontefract Collieries, who just missed out on promotion last term.

Despite relegation Dinningtobn manager Steve Toyne has made no significant changes.

Askern Villa will give a debut to Callum Smith, who hit 29 goals in 32 appearances for Bentley Colliery last season, when they host Shirebrook Town.

The derby between Handsworth and Hallam at Olivers Mount has been put back 24 hours due to cricket. Blues boss Julian Watts could hand a debut to goalie Lewis Naylor. Handsworth chief Russ Eagle has added striker Brian Cusworth from Frickley Athletic along with midfielder Lee Hill.