The Evo-Stik NPL’s fans, players and officials are running the rule over their fixtures for the upcoming season following their official release this morning.
All 68 clubs in the EVO-STIK NPL’s three divisions received the fixtures for the 2017/18 campaign under strict embargo on Wednesday night before their publication on the fixture pages of the league’s official website at 10am today.
In the EVO-STIK NPL’s top flight, new boys Altrincham and Stalybridge Celtic, relegated last term from National League North, open with home fixtures against Stafford Rangers and Nantwich Town respectively on Saturday 12 August.
Both last season’s NPL North and South title winners begin life in the Premier Division away from home; Lancaster City travel to Buxton, whilst Shaw Lane AFC makes the trek to Sutton Coldfield Town on the opening weekend of the campaign.
In EVO-STIK North, newcomers to the league, Atherton Collieries and South Shields are also on the road in their season openers, at Colne and Trafford respectively. Dropping into the North division, relegated Skelmersdale United must also start the campaign on their travels as they visit Brighouse Town.
All three sides promoted into the EVO-STIK South begin their NPL lives with home fixtures on the opening Saturday, with Alvechurch hosting Leek Town, Cleethorpes Town welcoming Gresley and Peterborough Sports taking on Kidsgrove Athletic.
Also in the South, Corby Town who were relegated from the Premier Division host Romulus, whilst Frickley Athletic who also suffered relegation travel to Newcastle Town.
Full fixtures can be found here