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02 August
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Paul Jackson

Premier Division.

 

Rugby Town kick-off life in the UCL with a trip to Peterborough Northern Star their first hurdle. Star went down 0-3 at Wellingborough Town last weekend and will have their work cut-out against the Warwickshire club who are much fancied following some impressive summer signings.

The Doughboys will be tested to the full with a trip to a new-look Deeping Rangers and will do well to make it two on the trot. Rangers showed what they are capable of with a superb 4-0 demolition of Spalding United in midweek in the final warm-up game having already picked up three points at Sleaford Town last Saturday night.

Cogenhoe United are joint top in the embryonic table and they have a home game against Harborough Town with The Bees having had a disappointing pre-season result-wise.

Premier Division football returns to The Sir Halley Stewart Field as ground-sharers, newly promoted Pinchbeck United, entertain Rothwell Corinthians. Pinchbeck have kept hold of a majority of last season’s Division One winning squad and are likely to competitive again in the higher division.

It doesn’t get any easier for Sleaford Town as they hope to bounce back from last Saturday’s narrow defeat as they travel to fancied Newport Pagnell Town, while Whitworth will be looking for an improvement as they travel to Kirby Muxloe.

All the other teams play their first games of the season with Daventry Town v Holbeach United looking like one the games of the day. Both sides could have a say in the title race after decent summer signings and a good start will be the aim for both.

Boston Town have pulled off a coup by adding Scott Coupland to their already formidable strike power in Cameron Johnson and you would think they will have too much for totally rebuilt Oadby Town who will need time to gel, but a 0-2 reverse at home to local rivals Skegness Town on Tuesday put a dampener on their build up to the season.

Leicester Nirvana have kept their firepower but had to rebuild at the back as they look for a more consistent campaign, hopefully free of pitch issues. They kick things off at home to ON Chenecks with both sides under new management.

Eynesbury Rovers entertain Desborough Town in a game between two sides who started well and lost their way as the season progressed last time out.

 

DIVISION ONE.

 

Six new sides in Division One this time around with two of them facing each other at Canal Street as relegated pair St Andrews entertain Sileby Rangers. Both sides are under new management with new signings looking to impress in a game could go either way.

The other four new teams all come from Leicestershire with only Anstey Nomads starting at home. They entertain Burton Park Wanderers and will be confident of a good start, but Burton are a very unpredictable side to play.

Totally rebuilt Raunds Town crashed 0-4 at home to Irchester United last weekend and will need to improve as they entertain Holwell Sports, while Birstall United have a tricky start at Blackstones. Aylestone Park start their UCL life at Huntingdon Town and will be a good yardstick as to how they will settle into their new surroundings.

Early leaders Irchester United face a trip into the unknown as they travel to Melton Town. I say unknown as the Melton Mowbray side struggled last season but have made some fantastic signings in the summer and could be in with a shout this time if they mould successfully into a team.

Harrowby United have also made some interesting signings, as have their visitors Bugbrooke St Michaels as both teams aim to improve after under-achieving last season. The Arrows showed what they are capable of at times, but the whole season was a struggle for The Badgers.

Bourne had to change their management after a good second half to the season and they have lost Dan Schiavi back to the Premier Division. They face a tricky start at a Rushden & Higham United who have strengthened their squad in the summer.

I would expect Lutterworth Town to do well again, especially after the keeping hold of the emphatic Tendai Daire and will be one of the favourites for promotion next summer. Their visitors can probably expect another struggle though and their pre-season has been very difficult at the Northamptonshire club. Further up the road, Lutterworth Athletic are also at home, but are likely to have a much tougher afternoon as Thrapston Town pay them a visit.

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