The NWCFL opening weekend fixtures have been released with some intriguing matches that will certainly capture the eye of supporters across the country.
Runners up of last year’s Premier Division, Bootle, face an opening day away trip to Ashton Athletic.
This fixture will be a tough task for Bootle as they look to mount a title challenge for the second year running.
Ashton Athletic themselves will look to hopefully build on last year’s 9th place finish and perhaps look to challenge for the top spot come April.
New joint-manager, Phil Stafford, will work alongside Joe Doran in order to build a title winning team this season.
Stafford failed to be promoted to the Premier Division as Litherland REMYCA manager last season but his hard-work and Phil’s tactics and methods caught the eye which lead to the former Bootle captain’s appointment.
Elsewhere, newly promoted sides City of Liverpool, Widnes and Charnock Richard all have tricky ties ahead of the new season.
Play-off winners, City of Liverpool, face an opening fixture against last seasons 8th best side in Irlam.
First Division champions, Widnes, face a hard away task against West Didsbury & Chorlton who finished 6th last season by scoring 106 goals – the third best in the league.
The first division runners up, face a Barnton side who will look to build off of their 17th place finish in their first season back in the Premier Division.
Full Premier Division Opening Weekend Fixture List:
Saturday 12th August 2017
Abbey Hey v Runcorn Linnets (15:00)
Ashton Athletic v Bootle (15:00)
Barnton v Charnock Rich (15:00)
Burscough v 1874 Northwich (15:00)
City of Lpool v Irlam (15:00)
Congleton Town v AFC Darwen (15:00)
Hanley Town v Squires Gate (15:00)
Padiham v Northwich Vics (15:00)
Runcorn Town v Maine Road (15:00)
West Did & Chor v Widnes (15:00)
Winsford United v Barnoldswick Tn (15:00)
Play off final losers, Litherland REMYCA face Stockport Town on the opening weekend of the NWCL First Division.
New manager, Paul McNally, will look to build a title challenge this season after coming so close last season to the title and promotion.
Last Season REMYCA finished 3 points off 2nd placed Charnock Richard and lost 3-0 to City of Liverpool in the Play Off final.
McNally’s first league game will be against a Stockport Town side who finished 10th – the season previous.
Relegated sides Nelson and Cammell Laird 1907 face tough away trips to last season’s 7th place Alsager Town for the former and 8th placed Prestwich Heys for the latter.
Meanwhile the third relegated side, New Mills, face a home game against St Helens Town who finished mid-table last season in 13th position.
Full First Division Opening Weekend Fixture List:
Saturday 12th August 2017
Alsager Town v Nelson (15:00)
Atherton LR v Cheadle Town (15:00)
Bacup Borough v Eccleshall (15:00)
Carlisle City v Chadderton (15:00)
Daisy Hill v Abbey Hulton (15:00)
FC Oswestry v AFC Blackpool (15:00)
Lith REMYCA v Stockport Town (15:00)
New Mills v St Helens Town (15:00)
Prestwich Heys v Cammell Laird (15:00)
Silsden v Sandbach (15:00)
Whitchurch Alp v Holker OB (15:00)
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