NSL PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 16th AUGUST 2014 by Robin Griffiths(NSL Press Officer)
The Precision Nottinghamshire Senior League is back. This, the NSL’s 11th season, will be the first time its Senior Division is fully recognised at Step Seven of the National League System following ground upgrades undertaken by member clubs.
Defending Senior Division champions Selston kick-off their 2014-15 campaign with a trip to last season’s Division One champions Kirton Brickworks. The Brickies have undergone a major rebuilding exercise following a number of departures in the summer. David Cooper is unavailable and Scott Ricketts will have a late fitness test.
Kirton (from): Birch, Boddy, Clarke, Garratt, K Nicholson, L Nicholson, Parnwell, Ricketts, Weston, White
Selston (from): Simpson, Wigley, Barry, C Davies, Short, Renshaw, R Davies, Breach, Farnsworth, P Marriott, Riley, R Marriott, Gregory, Moore, Wright, James, Harbor, Airey, Darch, Cooper, Smith, Cooke
West Bridgford, who missed out on the Division One title by a solitary goal last season, travel to Sandhurst for their Senior Division debut. There have been a number of comings and goings at Forest Lane during the close season. Bob Crawford will be without the suspended Daniel Abbott, Nathan Smith and Savage, and the injured Chapman.
Sandhurst (from): Taylor, Lobley, Munson, Tye, Coddington, Cauldwell, Snowball, Charlton, Pearson, Wass, Rabby, Ellis, Gretton, Bradford, Weir, Jones, Clarkeson
The third promoted side, Bingham Town, make their Senior Division bow by welcoming Cotgrave to Butt Field.
Bingham (from): C Abbott, Hardy, Hallam, Nicholson (c), Page, Spencer, G Abbott, Hodgson, Gammon, Morley, Shepherd, Patrick, Buckberry, McRobie
Attenborough, who travel to the Charnwood Centre to face PMG Cavaliers for their first game under new manager James Carder, have several players missing due to holidays.
Boro (from): Apenitis, Richards, Mrvik, Kitson, Bagshaw, Popple, Beldham, Brady, Slater, Payne, Shepherd, Pratt, Smith, Leivers, West, Ruck, Parker, Whatmore
Bilborough Town welcome Boots Athletic to Greenwich Avenue. The Chemists’ managerial duo of Gary Willows and Roberto Pietraforte has recruited extensively over the summer as they seek to improve on last season's mid- table finish. Boots are without Tobias Richardson and Antwon Bonnick (suspension) and Wayne Jones (ankle). Willows and Pietraforte could give debuts to six players in a new look line-up.
Boots (from): Kenton-Dudley, Naylor, Manders, Bowles, Walsh, Kemp, Roome, Peach, T Walton, D Walker, J Walton, K Walker, England, Starbuck, Willows
After missing all of last season Burton Joyce welcome back skipper Marc Buckle, James Freeman and Liam Beatty for their trip to Elms Park to face Ruddington Village. New signings Sam Pynegar, Stephen Frow and Gareth Bentley will all be in contention for a start.
BJ (from): Roscoe Easom, Roman Easom, Beatty, Clements, M Buckle, S Buckle, Smith, Stocks, Hayes, Cooper, Croft, Freeman, Frow, Pynegar, Bentley
Rudd (from): Asher, Benwell, Carver, Devonshire, Hassell, Horsley, Johnson, Leslie, McMorran, Osbourne, Rhodes, Rimmington, Sissons, Wilkinson, Cassidy, Davies, Newbold,
In Division One Nottingham United will be hoping for a better season following their relegation from the top flight. For their opening encounter they make the trip to Hawton Lane to face newly promoted Newark Flowserve.
Nottm (from): MacCluskey, Al-Ammaren, Moore, Trueblood, M Peddie, C Peddie, Silverton, Oram, Lyons, Czupajlo, Banton (c), Turner, Owen, Kemp, Sharpe, Memmel, Wojcik
Netherfield Albion, who entertain Ruddington Village Reserves at Victoria Park, could be without centre half Carl Martin who is struggling with a knee injury. Ashley Burrell serves a one match suspension. New signings Darren Bowler, Adam Limb and Simeon Carthy all look to make their debuts.
Albion (from): Bowler, Robinson, Carthy, Limb, Fowler, Leivers, Smeed, Horton, Douglas, Crawford, Johnson, Kemp, Martin
Gedling Southbank welcome Linby Colliery Welfare Reserves to the Inspire Stadium having made changes on and off the pitch following a couple of difficult campaigns. New at the helm is ex-Stevenage striker Nick Edgar, assisted by Andy Clerke. Creativity is expected from midfielder Reiss Coy and they’re hoping for goals from the ex-Boston United striker James Needham. The club will once again be skippered by Danny Riley.
Squad: N Day, Gent, Hammond, C Day, Fox-Smith, Clerke, Riley, Coy, Stansfield, Baker-Beall, Leeder, Thomas, Needham, Hickling
The league have welcomed a number of new teams into Division Two, including Bilborough United, who have a local derby against Bilborough Town Reserves at Arnold Hill Academy to open the season.
United (from): Spencer, Newman, Bamford, Todd, Walker, Featherstone, O'Regan, Brown, Cassidy, Buxton, Hume, Newbury, Swallow, David Seymour, Dean Seymour