Division One South
Chester FC moved quickly to appoint a new manager following the departure of Dean Vian who oversaw their first season in the NWWRFL. Martin Fitzsimons arrives at the Swansway Stadium from Crewe Alexandra for whom he was Reserves Manager and Head of Youth Development. The 27-year-old UEFA B license coach is joined by his assistant Ben Wilkes.
Chester announced their pre-season schedule last week with games planned against TNS, Port Vale, Merseyrail, Wigan Athletic, Tranemre Rovers and Wrexham.
Curzon Ashton, seemingly aiming for the record of the world’s longest pre-season fixture list, have enjoyed a positive start to their pre-season having registered wins again Sir Tom Finney, Pilkington and West Kirby as well as a draw with Ossett United. The Pilkington game saw The Nash run out 9-0 winners against the Cheshire League side with Nicole Thorpe earning herself a four goal haul.
It has been a summer of reorganisation at Liverpool Feds with two of their three teams moving upwards in the pyramid. Their Reserve side, who finished runners-up in Divison One South last season, have decided to make the step up to the WNL Reserve Division this season with their Development side taking the place of the Reserves. Feds Development side finished runners-up in the Liverpool County League Open Age Division last season finishing three points behind eventual winners BRNESC.
Northwich Vixens have spent their off-season planning for their future as they announced a partnership with junior side Northwich Vickies; the junior section of men’s NWCFL side Northwich Victoria. The move will see a bridge built between the Vickies U16s team and the Vixens adult side with a new side entered into the adult Cheshire Women’s and Youth League next term. The aim will be to promote players from junior levels through to the adult team and safeguarding the Park Stadium sides future.
Division One North
Accrington Girls and Ladies have announced a partnership which will see them formally link up with men’s NWCFL club AFC Darwen. The club announced their partnership along with an impressive line-up of pre-season friendlies including Fylde, Chorley, Fleetwood Town and Altrincham. Accrington will continue to play under the name of Accrington Community.
We can expect Blackburn Community to be full of energy at the start of the season as they have announced a new partnership with energy drinker manufacturer Boost Sport.