Hyde FC start Blue Square Premier Bet season at Braintree Town as Stockport County host Alfreton Town

By Steven Oldham, Sports Correspondent

Newly-promoted Hyde FC travel to Braintree Town on the Blue Square Premier Bet’s opening day, with Stockport County kicking off at home against Alfreton Town on August 11. 

Reigning Blue Square North champions Hyde – playing in non-league’s top division for the first time – play their first home game three days later as Barrow visit Ewen Fields. 

Stockport will be looking for revenge in their Tuesday night game as they travel to Grimsby Town – the same fixture last season ended in a crushing 7-0 defeat for the Hatters. 

Hyde and Stockport clash twice within a week over the festive period – at Edgeley Park on Boxing Day with the return leg at Ewen Fields on New Year’s Day. 

In the Blue Square North, Altrincham play Brackley Town on August 18, followed by a midweek trip to Harrogate Town.  

Droylsden’s first game sees them take on former Football League side Boston United and then travel to last year’s runners up, Guiseley on Tuesday 21.  

Stalybridge Celtic will want to make amends for the second half of last season, which saw them go from title contenders to midfield also-rans following a dramatic loss of form. 

They travel to Workington Town on the opening day, before hosting Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday 21.  

Fixtures for clubs competing in the Evo-Stik Leagues – including FC United of Manchester and Ashton United in the Premier Division – are not released until next Friday, July 13.

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