IT’S onwards and upwards for Chester Nomads as they prepare to kick-off the new West Cheshire League campaign.
Nomads’ first team will play in Division One for the very first time in 2011-12 while their seconds have stepped up into Division Three from the Chester & District League.
Although John Cadwallader’s promotion-winning first-team squad remains largely unchanged, there have plenty of improvements to the club’s facilities at Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club.
Nomads boss Cadwallader, whose side kick-off at Marshalls tomorrow, said: “Both teams have been promoted, which is quite an achievement, and it has been a big year for the club.
“The facilities are being changed with new barriers and pitches being upgraded. We will have two pitches at a higher standard.
“As far as signings, we have got Daniel Owen from Christleton and Mike Garrod from Upton AA. We have kept all our players and brought some into the second XI.”
BLACON YOUTH CLUB remain in the expanded Division One despite finishing bottom last season.
The Cairns Crescent outfit kept their place following the resignation of Helsby – but only after the league had promoted Mossley Hill Athletic, who finished third in Division Two in 2010-11, in place of the Green Machine.
With Paul Broadbent returning to take over the manager’s hotseat, Blacon indicated they too wanted to play in the top-flight – the end result being there will be 17 teams in Division One this season and 15 in Division Two.
Broadbent, who begins his second reign with a trip to Ellesmere Port tomorrow, said: “I was at the club three seasons ago and when I left Pete Hughes took over. They have done a good job but struggled to bring players in, which kept them near the bottom.
“I have come in and brought some players. We hope to rejuvenate the club and not have to rely on a vote to keep us in the division.”
UPTON AA were the top dogs in Chester last season as they recorded an 11th-placed finish in Division One.
Dave Wright’s men have been training twice a week since the beginning of July in preparation for Saturday’s opening game at Heswall.
Ten players have left the club with a further 15 arriving.
Craig Warrington’s CHRISTLETON, who were one place and two points below Upton last time out, get their campaign under way at home to Willaston tomorrow.
Swans chairman David Wallis said: “We have got in a few more players in than last year and we are looking for a higher place in the table.”
Upton AA stage a ‘night to remember’ for the late Barry Gaulton on Saturday, October 8 at the Cheshire County Sports Club. Call Peter Upton on 01244 350903 or 07818 068088 for further information.
Blacon Youth Club have a new website, www.blaconyouthfc.co.uk.