Corby to kick-off the season at Curzon Ashton

Corby Town are gearing up for a Vanarama National League North campaign after winning the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division title last season
Corby Town are gearing up for a Vanarama National League North campaign after winning the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division title last season
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Corby Town will kick-off life in the Vanarama National League North with a trip to fellow newly-promoted Curzon Ashton on Saturday, August 8.

The Steelmen have returned to the National League following their stunning final-day Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division title success last season.

Curzon earned their place by winning the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League play-offs as they joined champions FC United of Manchester in earning elevation.

Tommy Wright’s team’s first league game at Steel Park will be on Wednesday, August 12 when they will host Gloucester City before another home clash with Chorley on August 15.

Corby travel to Hednesford Town on Tuesday, August 18 with the first month being rounded off with home games against Bradford Park Avenue (August 22) and Solihull Moors (August 31) while they head to Lowestoft Town on August 29.

Christmas brings a double-header with Northamptonshire rivals Brackley Town with the Steelmen on the road on Boxing Day before hosting the Saints at Steel Park on January 2 while, in between on Monday, December 29, they host Lowestoft.

Wright’s team travel to FC United of Manchester on September 12 with the home return on April 9 and Corby’s season will finish on Saturday, April 30 with a trip to one of Wright’s former clubs Harrogate Town.

The Steelmen report back for pre-season training tomorrow (Saturday) and Wright said: “I am sure the lads will have plenty to talk about but this is something else for them to chat about.

“It’s an interesting first game because both sides will feel they have momentum after coming up last season.

“In truth, I don’t know a great deal about them but we will have them and a few other teams watched during pre-season.

“The home and away aspect doesn’t really concern me. But being away on the first day means we then get back-to-back home matches, which is good.

“I am sure there are matches in there that the fans will look forward to and I am sure we will take a few up to FC United on September 12.

“I think them, Curzon and us all have the potential to be surprise packages next season because we have that momentum after being promoted last season, it can count for a lot.

“I think everyone probably expected us to get Brackley twice over Christmas and that will be a busy period with three games in a short space of time.

“But they are two big local derbies for the fans to look forward to.”

Corby Town Vanarama National League North fixtures 2015-16

AUGUST

Sat 8: Curzon Ashton (a)

Wed 12: Gloucester City (h)

Sat 15: Chorley (h)

Tues 18: Hednesford Town (a)

Sat 22: Bradford Park Avenue (h)

Sat 29: Lowestoft Town (a)

Mon 31: Solihull Moors (h)

SEPTEMBER

Sat 5: Gainsborough Trinity (a)

Sat 12: FC United of Manchester (a)

Wed 16: Boston United (h)

Sat 19: Worcester City (h)

OCTOBER

Sat 3: North Ferriby United (a)

Sat 17: AFC Fylde (h)

Sat 24: Stalybridge Celtic (a)

Sat 31: Gloucester City (a)

NOVEMBER

Sat 7: AFC Telford United (h)

Sat 14: Boston United (a)

Sat 21: Harrogate Town (h)

DECEMBER

Sat 5: Nuneaton Town (a)

Sat 19: Curzon Ashton (h)

Sat 26: Brackley Town (a)

Mon 28: Lowestoft Town (h)

JANUARY

Sat 2: Brackley Town (h)

Sat 9: Chorley (a)

Sat 16: Worcester City (a)

Sat 23: Gainsborough Trinity (h)

Tues 26: AFC Fylde (a)

Sat 30: Stockport County (h)

FEBRUARY

Sat 6: Bradford Park Avenue (a)

Sat 13: Tamworth (h)

Sat 20: Alfreton Town (a)

Sat 27: Nuneaton Town (h)

MARCH

Sat 5: North Ferriby United (h)

Sat 12: Tamworth (a)

Sat 19: AFC Telford United (a)

Sat 26: Hednesford Town (h)

Mon 28: Solihull Moors (a)

APRIL

Sat 2: Alfreton Town (h)

Sat 9: FC United of Manchester (h)

Sat 16: Stockport County (a)

Sat 23: Stalybridge Celtic (h)

Sat 30: Harrogate Town (a)