14th season set to kick off...
The Nottinghamshire Senior League is back and is stronger than ever as it kicks off its 14th season on Saturday. With 52 teams across three divisions, including 17 that have joined the league this season, it is looking likely to be the most competitive campaign yet.
With champions Clifton All Whites gaining promotion, last season’s runners up, Awsworth Villa, will look to go one better this term as they kick off at The Shilo against Wollaton. Bilborough Town were leaders for much of last season, they get underway by welcoming the promoted Division One runners up, Kimberley Miners Welfare AFC, to Greenwich Avenue.
The Division One winners, Calverton Miners Welfare, make their top flight bow by entertaining Magdala Amateurs at Hollinwood Lane, while Southwell City, having moved across from the Central Midlands League, open up away at the Ron Steel Sports Ground against AFC Dunkirk.
Newark Flowserve, with Stephen Kirkham back in the management team alongside Craig Roche, travel to Greenwich Avenue to face Basford United Community. With a new look backroom team, former champions Ruddington Village take on FC Cavaliers at Elms Park.
Sandiacre Town host newly promoted Gedling Southbank at St Giles while Underwood Villa entertain last season’s Senior Cup winners, Cotgrave. Bingham Town and Attenborough meet at Butt Field.
In Division One, two promoted teams renew rivalries as Ravenshead welcome Selston Reserves to Cornwater. The hosts have three new signings in the squad in the shape of ex-Selston front man Steve Radzynski, Dean Bussey and Corey Ashley.
Two of the league’s new teams face each other as Beeston Rylands kick off against Stapleford Town at Chilwell Olympia. Bilborough United are back and get underway with a trip to Platt Lane to play Keyworth United Reserves.
A reformed Real Community host last season’s Junior Cup winners, Awsworth Villa Reserves, at the Inspire Stadium while promoted Mansfield Hosiery Mills will test themselves with the visit of Ruddington Village Reserves to The Fieldings.
Kirton Brickworks entertain Wollaton Reserves at Station Road and Southwell City Reserves welcome Netherfield Albion to the War Memorial Ground.
There are a host of new clubs in Division Two, including new arrival from the Grantham and District League, Barrowby, they get underway with a trip to Eagle Valley to face fellow new boys Woodthorpe Park Rangers.
While Barrowby are to the east, Welbeck Lions Reserves are extending the league’s footprint to the north. They open up with a visit to Roko to play newly formed Magdala Amateurs Reserves. Two other new reserves sides, from Gedling Southbank and Newark Flowserve, meet at Hollinwood Lane.
Southwell City and Keyworth United are helping to bridge the gap between youth and open age football by bringing Development sides to the NSL, they go head-to-head at Fiskerton Road.
Nottingham City, joining from the NAA, host Bingham Town Reserves at Birchover Park, while there is a first meeting between AFC Clifton and Greyhounders at Charnwood Sports Centre following the former’s relegation last term.