Clubs preparing for the new football season

Nelson FC Manager Mark Fell before the game against AFC Darwen.'Photo Ben Parsons

Nelson FC Manager Mark Fell before the game against AFC Darwen.'Photo Ben Parsons

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Nelson will no longer begin their pre-season schedule tomorrow after their game with Longridge was cancelled.

The pitch at the Mike Riding Ground wont be ready for the fixture, so Mark Fell will use the time as an additional opportunity to get his new-look squad on the training ground.

The Blues are scheduled to travel to Coppull United on July 7th (7-30 p.m.) and Holker Old Boys on the 11th (3 p.m.).

They then host Accrington Stanley on July 15th (7-45 p.m.), before a trip to Marske United on the 18th (3 p.m.).

On the 29th, the Admirals entertain a Burnley XI (7 p.m.), and on August 1st are at home to Thackley AFC (3 p.m.).

Barnoldswick Town are also back in training as of last Saturday, and preparations continue tomorrow at the Silentnight Beds Stadium at 12-30 p.m. Midweek sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6-30 p.m.

For further information, contact manager Stewart Airdrie on 07735 028388 or through twitter @barlickfc.

Town’s first friendly game is at Burnley United on July 16th, before a trip to Charnock Richardtwo days later.

July 23rd sees a prestigious game at home to FC United of Manchester, and Town are at Irlam on the 25th.

Clitheroe come to Barlick on the 28th, and Town are at Rochdale Sacred Hearton the 30th.

There follows trips to Hemsworth MW on August 1st, Thackley on the 3rd, and Steeton on the 4th.

Colne are also preparing for the new North West Counties League.

The Reds open on July 4th at Longridge (2 p.m.), before hosting Accrington Stanley on the 8th (7-45 p.m.).

July 14th sees a trip to Haslingden St Mary’s (7 p.m.) before, on the 18th, a double header at Euxton Villa, with a time to be confirmed.

On Wednesday the 22nd, Colne are at Darwen (7-45 p.m.), and the Reds host Ramsbottom United on the 25th (3 p.m.). They are at Hurst Green on the 30th (time to be confirmed) and at home to Glossop NE on August 1st (3 p.m.).