ASHTON United face newly-promoted Mickleover Sports on the opening weekend of the 2015-16 Evo-Stik Premier Division season.

The Robins, play-off semi-finalists last term and among the promotion favourites again, host the Evo-Stik First Division South champions at Hurst Cross on Saturday, August 15.

First up for Salford City, also promoted as Evo-Stik First Division North title winners, is a home clash with a Marine side who narrowly avoided relegation in 2014-15.

Hyde United, who finished bottom of the Conference North last season, welcome Grantham Town to Ewen Fields on their first return to the seventh tier since 2004 after the fixtures were announced on Thursday morning.

The three Greater Manchester sides are all on their travels in the first midweek fixtures on Tuesday, August 18, with Hyde making the trip to north Wales to face Colwyn Bay, who were also relegated from the sixth tier on goal difference on the final day of the season.

The Ammies will be in Derbyshire to take on Matlock Town, who finished mid-table last term, and Ashton have a scheduled journey to Merseyside to play Marine.

Hyde, who have suffered back-to-back relegations, continue the first month of the campaign at Ramsbottom United on August 22 before hosting Marine two days later and Matlock on August 29.

The Tigers then have one of their toughest tests at Moor Lane on August 31 against a Salford side who won 15 of their final 17 games under Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley to gain promotion with a game to spare after seven seasons in the eighth tier.

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Ashton, who finished third last term with a club-record 84 points but were beaten by Tameside rivals Curzon Ashton on penalties in the play-offs, are away to Stamford on August 22 before hosting a Blyth Spartans team that narrowly missed out on a top-five finish last year.

The Robins end the month in Lincolnshire against Grantham Town before they entertain Colwyn Bay on Bank Holiday Monday, August 31.

After their first two games, Salford City travel to Derby-based outfit Mickleover and host Colwyn Bay before playing Buxton at the Silverlands prior to the aforementioned Hyde encounter.

The Ammies travel to Ewen Fields for the return fixture on December 28 immediately after a Boxing Day home fixture with neighbours Ramsbottom United, who finished 17th last term.

2016 begins with back-to-back home matches against Yorkshire-based side Whitby Town and Skelmersdale United before facing Ashton at Hurst Cross on January 16.

The Robins, managed by joint-coaches Steve Halford and goalkeeper Paul Phillips, host a Sutton Coldfield Town side who were promoted via the First Division South play-offs last term at the start of December.

They then have trips to Workington, who finished directly above Ashton in second place in 2014-15, and Skelmersdale before welcoming Hyde United on December 26 while Buxton are the visitors to Hurst Cross on January 2.

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The Tigers, who failed to win an away game last season, are on the road at the start of the next calendar year against Stamford and Sutton Coldfield Town.

Ashton United, who have been in the Evo-Stik Premier Division since 2005, begin a challenging month in March away to Salford City before home ties against Barwell and last season’s play-off finalists Ilkeston and a short trip to Ewen Fields on Easter Monday, March 28.

The Robins finish the season with their final home game against Workington on April 16 and a trip to the West Midlands to face Sutton Coldfield Town a week later.

Salford City make the short journey to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium to return the compliment against Ramsbottom on March 28.

They conclude the campaign at home to Nantwich, who they beat in FA Cup qualifying last season, and away to a Stourbridge team that finished in mid-table last year.

After facing Ashton at the end of March, Hyde United begin April away to Frickley Athletic before hosting Ilkeston and travelling to Buxton. Their final league fixture is at home to Halesowen Town, who finished 11th last season in their first Evo-Stik Premier Division campaign.

The play-off semi-finals and final are set to take place at the end of April 2016.

Witton Albion, Trafford and Belper Town were relegated to the Evo-Stik First Division North last term while FC United of Manchester and Curzon Ashton were promoted to the newly-named National League North.

The Evo-Stik Premier Division teams will also participate in the FA Trophy and Emirates FA Cup qualifying rounds which begin in earnest in September.

Click here for Salford City’s full fixture list

Click here for Hyde United’s full fixture list

Click here for Ashton United’s full fixture list

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