The Manchester Football League can reveal the opening day fixtures for Division Three, Division Four and Division Five in #MFLFixtureReleaseDay Part III.
The 2017/18 season will see a record-number of teams within the reserves’ divisions at 34 teams and will be eagerly anticipated by all involved. The MFL are proud to have accepted new applications off clubs from outside the league as well as new teams from existing member clubs.
With this in mind, rather than having two large divisions of 17 teams in each, a decision was made to re-jig the formation and spread them across three smaller divisions.
Division Three will have 12 teams and will consist of the 12 highest-placed teams from the 2016/17 Division Two final standings.
Division Four will also contain 12 teams and will be made up from the remaining 3 teams from the 2016/17 Division Two and the 9 highest placed teams from Division Three; while 10 teams will be competing in Division Five. These will be the remainder of teams from Division Three plus the new teams that have been accepted for the coming campaign.
Opening Day Summary
Division Three will commence on Saturday 19th August while Divisions Four and Five will begin on Saturday 26th August and will contain no midweek fixtures at the beginning of the season. Here is a brief summary of the opening day fixtures across Divisions Three, Four and Five.
The Division Three campaign will kick off when Wilmslow Albion Reserves host the 'old Division Two' champions Stockport Georgians Reserves at Oakwood Farm on Saturday 19th August.
On Saturday 26th August there will be a full schedule of fixtures in Division Three. Avro Reserves get their campaign underway at their new ground as they host Hindsford Reserves at the Vestacare Stadium.
Dukinfield Town Reserves welcome Manchester Gregorians Reserves to Blocksages while Atherton Town Reserves travel to St Johns Street to face Springhead Reserves.
Wythenshawe Amateurs Reserves welcome Royton Town Reserves to their new home at Holly Hedge Park and Rochdale Sacred Heart Reserves host Wilmslow Albion at Fox Park. Fearns Community College is the venue of the last fixture of the day as Walshaw Sports Reserves play Stockport Georgians.
All games kick off at 2pm.
Leigh Athletic Reserves and Elton Vale Reserves get Division Four underway as they are the earlier kick off at 1pm at Leigh Sports Village.
In the 2pm kick offs, Heyside Reserves welcome East Manchester Academy to Crompton House. Pennington Reserves host Irlam Steel Reserves at Jubilee Park while AFC Monton Reserves travel to Firgrove Playing Fields to face Rochdale Sacred Heart A.
Hollinwood Reserves host Old Alts Reserves at Chapel Road in what will be a 3pm kick off.
There are four fixtures scheduled for a 2pm kick off in Division Four. Heywood St James Reserves welcome Chadderton EDS to the Phoenix Ground while Tintwistle Athletic Reserves host Uppermill Reserves at West Drive. Altrincham Hale Reserves play Govan Athletic Reserves at Blessed Thomas Halford School while Breightmet United Reserves welcome Bolton Lads & Girls Club Reserves to Moss Park.
Full Opening Day Fixtures
Saturday 19th August
Wilmslow Albion Res v Stockport Georgians Res
Saturday 26th August
Avro Res v Hindsford Res
Dukinfield Town Res v Manchester Gregorians Res
Rochdale Sacred Heart Res v Wilmslow Albion Res
Springhead Res v Atherton Town Res
Walshaw Sports Res v Stockport Georgians Res
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res v Royton Town Res
Leigh Athletic Res v Elton Vale Res
Heyside Res v East Manchester Academy
Pennington Res v Irlam Steel Res
Rochdale Sacred Heart A v AFC Monton Res
Hollinwood Res v Old Alts Res
Altrincham Hale Res v Govan Athletic Res
Breightmet United Res v Bolton Lads & Girls Clubs Res
Heywood St James Res v Chadderton EDS
Tintwistle Athletic Res v Uppermill Res
All fixtures can be found here
Premier Division Fixtures
Division One Fixtures
Division Two Fixtures
Division Three Fixtures
Division Four Fixtures
Division Five Fixtures