A game that pits last season's third place, with sixth spot, and both teams busy strengthening in the summer, this opening day fixture in the BetVictor Northern Premier League promises to be another fine spectacle. Liam King hopes to have a fully fit squad to choose from with competition for places, throughout the side, "We are all ready to go, all fully prepared, me and Ross have worked really hard to set up the programme and it has been angled towards where we wanted to go, and the lads have been first class. Everyone is buzzing for it and rightly so as the first game of the year is the best time of year."
"This one will be a funny one, having played in the same one last season at the same time, hopefully we can pick up some points in this one and get under way, we are all looking forward to it and it’s game on, isn’t it? We're ready."
Played 9, Won 4, Drawn 2, Lost 3
Nine games made up the Holy Blues’ hectic pre-season campaign that kicked off with the Lincolnshire Community Festival of Football with two mini games in an afternoon.
This was followed by defeat to Doncaster Rovers at the Martin & Co Arena. Trinity despatched Grimsby Town in the Lincolnshire County Cup, before hitting Rossington Main and Bottesford Town for five, on the road. Defeat to Grantham in the next round of the cup was a minor blip, before despatching Worksop by three goals to one at Sandy Lane. Cleethorpes Town held the Blues to a goal-less draw as pre-season drew to a close.
Played 10, Won 4, Drawn 4, Lost 2
Ten games comprised the pre-season campaign for the Dabbers, victors over Crewe, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay and Newcastle Town, were backed up with credible draws with Bury and National League North side, Curzon Ashton. As well as further draws with Ramsbottom and Stourbridge. Two defeats coming at the hands of Winsford United and Leek Town.
Elliot Wilson continues his development on loan at Rossington, where he has so far made three appearances for Main. Rod Orlando-Young has however departed, looking to step up a level, at National League North, Bradford Park Avenue. He joins his former manager at Ilkeston Town, Lee Fowler, now a member of the managerial team at BPA.
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