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FOOTBALL: New-look line-up for Tulips

Spalding United will be staying in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League next season.

The Tulips - who finished just above the East Division relegation zone last term - have been placed into the new-look South/East Division.

They will meet up again with nine of last season's opponents - including Lincoln United, Stamford and Wisbech Town.

Spalding United
Spalding United

Spalding are set to line up alongside Chasetown, Glossop North End, Kidsgrove Athletic, Leek Town, Market Drayton Town, Newcastle Town and Sutton Coldfield Town - who all move across in this summer's changes - while Ilkeston Town and Worksop Town have both been promoted.

Carlton Town are reprieved after finishing in the bottom two as Brighouse Town, Marske United, Ossett United, Pickering Town, Pontefract Collieries and Tadcaster Albion have been switched to the North/West Division.

The boundary line has been adjusted because teams in the East Division had to travel 20,000 more miles to complete their fixtures in comparison to their West Division counterparts.

The average journey in the East was 127 miles, compared to 84 in the West.

The difference is reduced to around 7,000 miles with an average of 126 in the South/East Division.

NPL South/East Division: Belper Town, Carlton Town, Chasetown, Cleethorpes Town, Frickley Athletic, Glossop North End, Ilkeston Town, Kidsgrove Athletic, Leek Town, Lincoln United, Loughborough Dynamo, Market Drayton Town, Newcastle Town, Sheffield, Spalding United, Stamford, Stocksbridge Park Steels, Sutton Coldfield Town, Wisbech Town, Workshop Town.

Holbeach United v Pinchbeck United
Holbeach United v Pinchbeck United

Deeping Rangers, Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United will also face new challenges in the Premier Division of the Future Lions United Counties League.

Loughborough University, Quorn and Shepshed Dynamo have all joined the league with Eynesbury Rovers and Newport Pagnell Town being moved to the South Midlands League.

Anstey Nomads and Lutterworth Town are promoted from Division One.

UCL Premier Division: Anstey Nomads, Boston Town, Cogenhoe United, Deeping Rangers, Desborough Town, Harborough Town, Holbeach United, Leicester Nirvana, Loughborough University, Lutterworth Town, ON Chenecks, Oadby Town, Peterborough Northern Star, Pinchbeck United, Quorn, Rothwell Corinthians, Rugby Town, Shepshed Dynamo, Sleaford Town, Wellingborough Town.

Deeping Rangers v Holbeach United
Deeping Rangers v Holbeach United

Bourne Town will again be in Division One with tests against newly-promoted sides Saffron Dynamo and Whittlesey Athletic.

Raunds Town have been reprieved from relegation despite finishing in the bottom two last season while Whitworth dropped down from the top flight.

UCL Division One: Aylestone Park, Birstall United Social, Blackstones, Bourne Town, Bugbrooke St Michaels, Burton Park Wanderers, Harrowby United, Holwell Sports, Huntingdon Town, Irchester United, Long Buckby, Lutterworth Athletic, Melton Town, Raunds Town, Rushden & Higham United, Saffron Dynamo, Sileby Rangers, St Andrews, Whitworth, Whittlesey Athletic.

All league allocations are subject to appeal and any changes made by the Football Association.

Bourne Town
Bourne Town


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