RADCLIFFE Borough will host fellow Greater Manchester side Mossley on the opening day of the 2015-16 Evo-Stik First Division North season.

The Boro, who avoided relegation by 10 points last term, entertain a Mossley side who missed out on the play-offs at Stainton Park on Saturday, August 15.

Following Thursday morning’s fixture announcement, Droylsden travel to Harrogate Railway Athletic for their first game as they seek to improve on last season’s 10th place finish.

Relegated Trafford, who finished second-bottom in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, start life in the eighth tier of English football at home to West Yorkshire outfit Brighouse Town.

The North, under new boss Tom Baker, 30, after Graham Heathcote retired at the end of last term, then travel to local rivals Mossley on Tuesday, August 18, while Radcliffe face last season’s FA Cup giant-killers Warrington Town at Cantilever Park.

Droylsden’s first home game is against Clitheroe in the first round of midweek fixtures before welcoming New Mills, who appointed ex-Stalybridge Celtic boss Keith Briggs as their new manager this month, to the Butchers Arms on August 22.

On that same weekend, Radcliffe make the trip to County Durham to face last season’s play-off finalists Spennymoor Town, Mossley entertain Lancashire side Clitheroe at Seel Park and Trafford are in Yorkshire to take on Scarborough Athletic, who narrowly missed out on the play-offs last term.

Peter Band’s Mossley – who finished two points adrift of the play-offs in seventh in 2014-15 – are away to relegated Witton Albion three days later before hosting Bamber Bridge in the FA Cup preliminary round on August 29.

The Lilywhites end the first month of the campaign against near-neighbours Droylsden on Bank Holiday Monday, August 31.

Before that, on August 25, Dave Pace’s Bloods make a first-ever trip to Surrey Street to take on newly-promoted Glossop North End, who won the North West Counties Premier League and Challenge Cup last term but were denied a treble by North Shields in the FA Vase Final at Wembley.

Elsewhere, Trafford, who only won twice at home last season, welcome a Prescot Cables team who narrowly avoided relegation to Shawe View and Radcliffe Borough are at home to last season’s play-off semi-finalists Northwich Victoria.

The North end the month at home to fellow relegated side Witton Albion in the FA Cup preliminary round and Warrington Town in the league while Radcliffe host Kendal Town.

Danny Johnson’s men, who stayed up last term with two wins and a draw in April, travel to Chris Willcock’s Glossop NE on September 26 while Droylsden, the league’s second highest scorers last term with 98 goals, host Trafford on the same day.

On Saturday, October 3, the FA Trophy preliminary round gets underway with Radcliffe drawn at home to Droylsden, Trafford travel to Sheffield FC and Mossley face Harrogate Railway Athletic.

A week later, the first local derby between Radcliffe Borough and Flixton-based outfit Trafford takes place at Stainton Park with the return at Shawe View scheduled for February 6, 2016.

Droylsden, preparing for their second successive season in the First Division North, have an evening clash with Glossop North End at the Butchers Arms on October 20 while Mossley entertain Radcliffe on Saturday, November 7.

Three days later, the Greater Manchester teams enter the first round of the Doodson Sport Cup with Droylsden hosting Radcliffe, Mossley visiting Ossett Albion and Trafford making the short trip to last season’s First Division North champions Salford City.

The North then host last season’s Manchester Premier Cup winners Mossley on November 14, with the sides meeting at this level for the first time since the 2012/13 campaign.

Mossley entertain Glossop North End on Boxing Day and travel to Droylsden two days later before a double-header at home to Yorkshire outfits Ossett Town and Albion on January 2 and 9.

Trafford welcome local rivals Northwich Victoria to Shawe View on December 26 before a trip to Warrington two days later and back-to-back home games against Droylsden and Glossop North End to start 2016.

Droylsden are away on Boxing Day to Radcliffe Borough, who continue the festive period away to Cumbrian outfit Kendal Town on December 28 and host Glossop North End in their first fixture of the New Year.

On March 12, Trafford then make a first trip to Surrey Street since 2008 to take on Glossop before a flurry of key and exciting fixtures on Easter Monday, March 28.

The North make the 15-mile journey to Wincham Park to play the return clash with fierce rivals Northwich Victoria, Droylsden entertain Radcliffe at the Butchers Arms having won the corresponding fixture 4-2 on the final day of last season and Mossley are at Glossop North End.

Mossley end their second consecutive campaign in the eighth tier against newly-named Farsley Celtic on April 16 at Seel Park and trip to Brighouse Town a week later.

Trafford close against Yorkshire opposition with a home game against Harrogate Railway Athletic followed by Ossett Albion on the road on April 23.

Droylsden face Bamber Bridge, play-off finalists in the past two seasons, at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium before signing off in front of their own fans against Ossett Town.

Radcliffe Borough host Ossett Albion in their penultimate game before concluding the 42-game season away to Farsley Celtic at the Throstle Nest.

The play-off semi-finals and final are set to be played at the end of April.

Salford City were promoted as champions last term while second-placed Darlington 1883 beat third-placed Bamber Bridge 2-0 in the play-off final to join them in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

At the other end, Lancashire outfit Padiham finished bottom to return to the North West Counties League after two seasons, conceding 112 goals along the way, while second-bottom New Mills survived by a single point.

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