Vale fixtures announced

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THE confirmation of North One West fixtures is always an eagerly awaited event as it provides the scaffolding for coaches, players, club officials, members and supporters to begin building for the coming season.

Two games will bring a gleam to the eyes of the bean counters at the Vale of Lune in the shape of the visits of Kirkby Lonsdale and Fleetwood.

The prospect of two derby games in one season has been generating plenty of interest in both camps with a number of prospective sponsors showing interest once last season’s promotion and relegation issues had been confirmed.

The fixture against Sale FC is another that is certain to capture the imagination.

Sale FC carried the baton after Sale Sharks were formed as a fully professional outfit and still play at the famous Heywood Road ground in the traditional blue and white hoops colours.

Sale FC have blazed a trail through the leagues culminating in a record breaking season in South Lancashire and Cheshire One when they not only went through the season undefeated, claiming the try bonus point in every game but also denying their opponents any crumb of comfort in the shape of a losing bonus point.

After one season in National League Three North, Altrincham Kersal are returning to the welcoming arms of North One West.

They were victorious in their two meetings against the Vale in 2009/10, at home 27-15 and earlier in the season at Powder House Lane, 19-3.

At the moment the forthcoming season is only at the preparation stage but a glance at the menu will certainly whet the appetite and provide plenty to chew over and inwardly digest before the first dish is served up.

The Vale open their pre-season fixtures at home against Tyldesley, who finished fourth in South ancashire Cheshire One, on Saturday, August 11.

Their second game a week later will also be at home when Kendal, who were relegated from National League Two North at the end of last season, will be the visitors.

For their final game the Vale will travel to Yorkshire Division One club Ilkley on August 25.

A Vale A and Vikings squad will play at Penrith on August 18 with the return game against the Cumbrians being scheduled for the following week.

Vale of Lune 1st North One West Fixtures 2012/2013:


01 Altrincham Kersal Home

08 Wilmslow Away

15 Anselmians Home

22 Rochdale Home

29 Liverpool St Helens Away


06 Kirkby Lonsdale Home

13 Leigh Away

20 Manchester Home

27 Sale FC Away


03 Widnes Home

17 Wirral Away

24 Fleetwood Home


08 Carlisle Away

15 Wilmslow Home


05 Anselmians Away

12 Rochdale Away

19 Liverpool St Helens Home

26 Kirkby Lonsdale Away


09 Leigh Home

16 Manchester Away


02 Sale FC Home

09 Widnes Away

23 Wirral Home


06 Fleetwood Away

13 Carlisle Home

20 Altrincham Kersal Away