Local teams set to kick off new football season
The local football season kicks off this weekend with a new look for the Northern Alliance League.
For the first time the league will run with four divisions , with the launch of a new Development Division, which is made up of 16 new clubs.These are mainly second teams run by existing clubs, whilst a number of sides have moved across from other leagues, including the North Northumberland.In the Premier Division, Ponteland United remains the only local side, the remainder of the clubs mainly coming from Tyneside.Ponteland will kick off against Seaton Delaval on Saturday at home, and then face Cullercoats away next Wednesday (August 14).
Alnwick Town will also play in the Premier and they kick off against Whitley Bay Reserves at home, whilst on Wednesday they travel to take on Percy Main away.
Wallington start against Percy Main and then go to New Fordley.In Division One, Red Row Welfare start against Felling Magpies on Saturday and travel to Blyth Spartans Reserves on Wednesday.
In Division Two, newcomers Newbiggin are home to Newcastle East End, and then face Wideopen away on Wednesday.
Ellington are home to Newcastle Blue Star Reserves, and then go to Berwick to take on Spittal Rovers.
And Stobswood are away to Haltwhistle Jubilee before taking on Newcastle University A at home.
In the new Development League, Morpeth FC are home to Red House Farm on Saturday and away to Ashington Reserves on Wednesday.Morpeth Town Reserves are home to former NNL side Wooler then face another ex-NNL outfit in the shape of Lowick.
Ponteland United Reserves are away to Ashington Reserves before taking on Heston Stannington A at home on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, newly promoted Morpeth Town are not due to kick off their season in the Non-League Premier Division until the following Saturday (August 17), when they travel to face Warrington Town.
Their first home league game at Craik Park is against Lancaster City on Tuesday, August 20.