Awkward start to season

BELPER Town face an awkward opening day away fixture in Evo-Stik Division One South against Newcastle Town on August 13, and then renew their long-standing rivalry with Brigg Town for their first home fixture of the season three days later.

Newly formed Ilkeston FC provide exciting opposition on August Bank Holiday Monday and this is followed by a visit to Deeping Rangers or Spalding in the FA Cup.

Carlton Town looks a tricky prospect in the FA Trophy as the Nailers look to improve on a poor record in this competition and in another local derby fixture, recently relegated Hucknall Town pay their first visit in league competition at the end of October, since the clubs last met in the Northern Counties East League.

The Nailers have to wait until December before facing another new team in the form of last season’s North West Counties League champions New Mills, and over the Christmas period Belper face Sheffield FC on Boxing Day, and bumper crowd will surely be at the New Manor Ground to see the return fixture against Ilkeston FC

FA Vase finalists Coalville Town will have already stamped their mark in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier by the time Belper visit them on the first Saturday of 2012.

If the Nailers’ have had as good a season as is expected, then the Easter Monday clash away to Sheffield FC is likely to be a crucial one before the campaign closes with a home game against New Mills on April 21.