Rival Pendle teams’ Premier League fixtures are unveiled

New Colne FC signing Chris Bailey (left) with boss Steve Cunningham
New Colne FC signing Chris Bailey (left) with boss Steve Cunningham

Colne, Barnoldswick Town and promoted Nelson have been handed their opening fixtures in the North West Counties Premier Division.

The league fixtures for Saturday, August 2nd, the week commencing Monday, August 4th and Saturday, August 9th have been released.

Further fixtures for August are dependent on news from leagues above, as well as FA competitions, so these will not be available until sometime in July.

Fixtures secretary John Reid will work to produce fixtures for the remainder of August as soon as possible.

On the opening day of the season, Barnoldswick Town start their campaign with a home game against West Didsbury and Chorlton, while First Division champions Nelson return to the top flight when they entertain Runcorn Town.

Colne start proceedings with a trip to Winsford United.

The following Tuesday, Barnoldswick are again at home against near-neighbours Silsden, with Colne’s first home fixture against Bacup and Rossendale Borough.

The same night, Nelson travel to the coast to take on Squires Gate.

And on Saturda, August 9th, Nelson are at AFC Liverpool v Nelson, and Colne host Bootle.

Town are without a fixture.

Nelson commence their pre-season schedule tomorrow at Croston Sports Club, before taking in games at Longridge next Thursday, Norcross on Saturday, July 5th, and Fulwood Amateurs the following Saturday.

They then host AFC Fylde on Tuesday, July 15th, and Accrington Stanley on the 19th.

Tuesday, July 22nd sees a trip to Coppull United, before hosting Padiham on Saturday the 26th - with a game to follow on the 27th.

Colne, meanwhile, have a July schedule which sees games at Atherton LR (5th) and AFC Darwen (8th), a home clash with Salford City (12th), before trips to Thackley (15th), Burnley United (16th), Clitheroe (19th), Euxton Villa (26th) and Hurst Green (29th).

Barnoldswick, meanwhile have a fixture at Oxenhope of the West Yorkshire Premier League on Saturday, July 12th, before hosting Albion Sports of the North East Counties Premier on Wednesday the 23rd.

They are at Bay Athletic of the West Riding County Premier on July 26th, host Thackley of the North East Counties Premier on July 28th, and travel to Steeton, again of the West Riding County Premier, on July 30th.

More friendlies will be announced over the coming days and weeks.