New horizons

Reds supporters who regularly travel to away games will have to re-programme their ‘sat-navs’ with an abundance of ‘new’ grounds to visit in the re-aligned North/West Step 4 division.

Reds could play Widnes at the 13,000 capacity Halton Stadium.

The Northern Premier League has confirmed a tweak to the boundary line in its Step 4 divisions with the east – west split adjusted to a North/West and South/East structure ahead of the 2019-20 season.

There will be first time visits to Brighouse Town, Marske United, Pickering Town, Pontefract Collieries, Runcorn Linnets, Tadcaster Albion and Widnes with many of the other grounds hosting Workington for the first time in years.

Pickering Town
Tadcaster Albion

In mileage terms, the trip to Brighouse Town (162) will be the longest with the Cumbrian derby at Kendal (69) the shortest. Our total mileage for the season will drop to 5,122 with the average journey working out at 135 miles.

The League average for our division will be 110 miles compared to 126 in the South/East section.

Apart from the ‘short hop’ to Parkside Road, Reds’ only other journey less than a hundred miles will be to the north east and a first-ever league meeting with Dunston.

Our league opponents will be: Brighouse Town (162), City of Liverpool (138), Clitheroe (121), Colne (135), Droylsden (144), Dunston (94), Kendal Town (69), Marine (140), Marske United (125), Mossley (147), Ossett United (152), Pickering Town (145), Pontefract Collieries (147), Prescot Cables (144), Ramsbottom United (128), Runcorn Linnets (148), Tadcaster Albion (137), Trafford (136) and Widnes (149).

The League’s structure will be ratified at next month’s AGM at Blackpool.

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