The new season in the Central Midlands

By Richard Lane

The line-up for the new Central Midlands League season shows several changes from last term.

The Black Dragon Badges North division loses champions Retford who have been promoted to the Northern Counties East League, and welcomes back Harworth Colliery after one season at the higher level. Runners-up Clay Cross Town are also absent, having transferred to the South Division. Matlock Town Reserves were to have replaced them but withdrew at a late stage. The North Division also welcomes the two promoted sides from Division One North in Crowle Colts and Sutton Rovers.
The Black Dragon Badges South division sees the departure of top side Hucknall Town who have moved up to the East Midlands Counties League and are replaced by Arnold Town, returning to the league they left in 1993. The league also loses Welbeck Lions who have folded after 22 years in the CML. As well as Clay Cross, the division also gains Mansfield Hosiery Mills from the Notts Senior League and the two promoted sides from Division One South, Sherwood Colliery Reserves and Rowsley 86.
There are big changes in the Macron Store Stoke Division One North with only five of last season’s teams remaining. Apart from losing the two promoted sides, also gone are the reserve sides of Alfreton Town, Hucknall Town and Welbeck Lions as well as Shirebrook Rangers. Nottingham FC have become Nottingham Education FC and to confuse matters a new Nottingham FC are also included in the line-up playing the former Pelican FC ground. Chesterfield Town move across from Division One South. The newly formed Wakefield FC have entered a reserve side and also new to the division are Sheffield based Boynton Sports who join from the Sheffield County Senior League and St Josephs Rockware of Worksop who make the step up from Sunday football. Late arrivals Selston reserves will also join this division.
Macron Store Stoke Division One South fares rather better in terms of changes. Last season’s top two, Sherwood Colliery reserves and Rowsley 86 are promoted, with AFC Kilburn the only other departure. Cromford and Wirksworth Town have joined forces while Borrowash Victoria have entered a development team and Holbrook Sports have added a reserve side. Three new members are Ripley Town who have transferred from the Midland Regional Alliance, newly-formed Woodhouse Colts based at Forest Town Welfare and FC Sez who made a late switch from the Midland and Notts Alliance. An even later addition are Sports Gateway who will play home games at Hucknall Rolls.

Where next?

The opening day roundup Here we go again. All the scores and scorers from the first Saturday of the new season.
The CML Honours Board All the winners (and runners up) for 2018-19

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