The Precision Nottinghamshire Senior League returns this weekend and it is bigger and better than ever as, for the first time in the league’s 11-year history, the Premier Division will contain 20 teams.
Sandiacre Town have joined the league having finished as runners-up in the Midlands Regional Alliance last season. Sandiacre have added Chris Sayles and Rory Green to the squad and managers Paul Taylor and Steve Cant are looking forward to the challenge of the NSL as they open by entertaining Beeston at St Giles Park. The visitors have a new management team of Gareth Rees and Craig Jones.
Sandiacre (from): Metcalf, A Spencer, Monk, Sayles, Harries, G Spencer, Wilkinson, Knowles, Turner, Bagguley, Room, Roome, Raisin, Hill, Firth, Fogg, Green, Dilks, Comery, Obodovs
Beeston (from): Brown, D Knapczyk, Walton, Cowlishaw, Peters, Jones, Hodges, Tasker, Agana, Harrison, Roberts, E Knapczyk, Turner, Jackson, Ali, Harmon, O’Brien, Polkey, Bains
Another club with a new manager is Wollaton, who will be trying to repeat their double winning heroics of 2014/15 under the guidance of Ben Moore. The squad has seen wholesale changes from last year ahead of their trip to Hawton Lane to face Newark Flowserve.
Newark (from): Alama, Allen, Ashley, Barnes, Coxon, Dell, Grant, Hage, Hurst, King, Kirkham, Labbate, Laird, Lambert, Love, Pashley, Perkins, Potts, Price, Wood, Zboch
Wollaton (from): Simpson, Knight, Barber, Fisher, Liburd, Rothwell, Krause, S Craven, D Craven, Branston, Lambert, Chadwick, James, Heltrop, Nutt
After several years’ work behind the scenes Bilborough Town ‘come home’ as they move to the Harvey Hadden Stadium. Basford United Community, another of the league’s new clubs, are the visitors and will be hoping to put an end to Bilborough’s fine form throughout pre-season.
Bilborough (from): Ivanov, Battison, Lee, Caoduro, Jackson, D Kane, Hayes, Nadif, A Webster, J Kane, Street, McMorran
Basford (from): J Allen, R Allen, Altaf, Amoah, Camatome, Cameron, Campbell, Ceesay, Chiwanga, Crossman, Darke, Duffy, Gambanga, Grainger, Harrison, Ismae, Jackson-Burchall, Kavanagh
In addition to Sandiacre, the winners of last season’s MRA, Aston United, have joined the league. They open their NSL campaign with a trip to the Norman Archer Memorial Ground to play Clifton All Whites.
Clifton (from): Cole, Anderson, Brown, Coutts, Gatough, Gill, Griggs, Hardy, Haughton, Hawkes, Hawkins, Hodgson, Humphreys, Kelly, Langsdale, Mater, Meakin, Newton, O’Rafferty, Peel
Aston (from): Beardsley, Beldham, Brooks, Brown, Buck, Camm, Cheatle, Crofts, Green, Ireson, Isaac, Jude, Marriott, A Martin, R Martin, McCormack, Prance, Robinson, Scard, Slater
Magdala Amateurs were promoted having finished third in Division One last term. They will want to carry forward the momentum from earlier this year as they welcome Attenborough to Roko. Boro have changed management on the eve of the season with Paul Warner now in charge of team affairs.
Magdala (from): Bennett, Bentley, Coffey, Francis, Gould, Groves, Gubbins, Harrington, Hayes, Heath, Kearns, Labbate, Lord, Lucas, Manion, McNeill, Morgan, Murdock
Boro (from): Clark, Fryer, Hazledine, Hobson, Kinnerley, J Knight, N Knight, McGeown, Merritt, Mrvik, Ruck, Smith, Soal, Spawton, Stant, Walker, Warner, Watts, Winfield
Winners of last season’s Senior Cup, Awsworth Villa, have retained all of their players from las season and begin by hosting Cotgrave at The Shilo.
Awsworth (from): Brooks, Doherty, Federici, Goodwin, Hodgman, Hutchinson, King, Michalski, Morgan, Newell, Pakrouz, Palmer, Saunders, Shaw, Smith, Staley, Stevenson, Tonra, Vickers
Cotgrave (from): Allison, Bacon, Brumpton, Clements, Forman, Gamble, Garton, Gray, Heard, J Hopkinson, L Hopkinson, Jayes, Lynn, Marshall, McLean, Mills, Potts, Royston, Smith, Thorpe
In other fixtures, Real United welcome FC Cavaliers to the Inspire Stadium, Underwood Villa host AFC Dunkirk at Bracken Park and Unity travel to Butt Field to take on Bingham Town.
In Division One, last season’s runners-up, Ruddington Village Reserves, travel to face Ashland Rovers. The hosts, who will be playing August’s home games as Rainworth Miners Welfare, are without Daniel Bircumshaw, Alex England, Ben Goss and Paul Revuelta for the clash.
Rovers (from): Barnes, Bullock, Coleman, Guest, Hall, Harbor, Jackson, Martin, Mellor, Mercer, Moss, Philpott, A Revuelta, Sherratt, D Smith, L Smith, Summers, Thorpe
Rudd (from): Farnsworth, Fryer, Chambers, Squires, Turner, Hillyard, S Dunstan, Cochrane-Smith, Burke-Campbell, Richardson, N Dunstan, Hawkins, McIndoe, Bates, Johnson, Price-Henson, Lee, Phillips, Pearce
In Division Two, two of the league’s new teams face off at the Lee Westwood Sports Centre as Team DNF entertain Ravenshead, formerly of the Midland Amateur Alliance.
DNF (from): Asuman, Beech, Clements, Frame, Gray, Harris, Heines, Lawson, Mason, Postgate, Rainford, Roulstone, Sewell, Tuitt, West, Whelan
Ravenshead (from): Creer-Thornton, Foster, Goodson, Hardwick, Harkin, Lambert, Liriano, Marks, A Martin, B Martin, Phillips, Pinner, Ryan, Simons, N Smith, P Smith, Vaughan, Williams, Yates
by Robin Griffiths