Fixtures release kicks off countdown to season!

By David Watters

EVO-STIK Northern Premier League

The countdown to the big kick off of the 2015-16 EVO-STIK Northern Premier League campaign is underway with the release of the new season’s fixtures on Thursday morning.

Following the publication by the Football Association of the draws for the early rounds of the FA Cup and FA Trophy earlier this month, fans, players and officials can now start planning in earnest for the upcoming campaign after the fixtures were posted at 9am.

With less than a month to go to the start of the new campaign on Saturday August 15, the full programme for the Premier, North and South divisions are now available on the fixtures pages of the website under the 'senior’ tab on the home page.

Before the regular season comes to a climax on Saturday 23 April 2016, fierce rivalries are renewed on the opening day among the 68 clubs competing in all three divisions.

In the top flight, last season’s runners-up Workington host Sutton Coldfield Town, winners of the First Division South play-offs in May. Another of last season’s promotion chasers are also kicking off at home to a newly promoted club, Ashton United welcoming First Division South champions Mickleover Sports to Hurst Cross.

Hyde and Colwyn Bay, returning to the EVO-STIK NPL following relegation, are at home to Grantham and away to Halesowen Town respectively. Elsewhere, First Division North champions Salford City are at home to Marine while Darlington travel to Buxton.

In First Division North, new boys Glossop North End are at home to Spennymoor Town in their first EVO-STIK fixture while Intrego Doodson Sport Cup winners Warrington are on the road at Bamber Bridge.

The line-up in First Division South has seen the biggest shake-up this summer with four new teams in the mix. Daventry Town are at home to Stafford Rangers while Basford United, Rugby Town and Shaw Lane Aquaforce are away at Gresley FC, Loughborough Dynamo and Tividale respectively.

EVO-STIK NPL Premier Division Saturday 15 August
Ashton United v Mickleover Sports
Barwell v Blyth Spartans
Buxton v Darlington 1883
Frickley Athletic v Matlock Town
Halesowen Town v Colwyn Bay
Hyde United v Grantham Town
Ilkeston FC v Skelmersdale United
Nantwich Town v Stamford
Rushall Olympic v Ramsbottom United
Salford City v Marine
Whitby Town v Stourbridge
Workington v Sutton Coldfield Town

EVO-STIK NPL First Division North Saturday 15 August
Bamber Bridge v Warrington Town
Burscough v Lancaster City
Clitheroe v Prescot Cables
Farsley Celtic v Kendal Town
Glossop North End v Spennymoor Town
Harrogate Railway Athletic v Droylsden
New Mills v Scarborough Athletic
Ossett Town v Northwich Victoria
Radcliffe Borough v Mossley
Trafford v Brighouse Town
Witton Albion v Ossett Albion

EVO-STIK NPL First Division South Saturday 15 August
Belper Town v Newcastle Town
Daventry Town v Stafford Rangers
Gresley FC v Basford United
Kidsgrove Athletic v Goole AFC
Leek Town v Chasetown
Lincoln United v Coalville Town
Loughborough Dynamo v Rugby Town
Romulus v Spalding United
Sheffield FC v Carlton Town
Stocksbridge Park Steels v Market Drayton Town
Tividale v Shaw Lane Aquaforce

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