Spartans head to Barwell for opening league fixture

Blyth Spartans open the season with a trip to Barwell.
Blyth Spartans open the season with a trip to Barwell.

Blyth Spartans will face an away trip to Barwell on the opening day of the 2015-16 Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division season.

In the corresponding fixture last season, Spartans were beaten by the odd goal in three on a blustery day in Leicestershire. Richard Lavery’s 70th minute goal sealing the win for the Canaries.

The game takes place on Saturday, August 15.

Whitby Town will provide the opposition for the first home game of the season for Tom Wade’s side as they travel to Croft Park on Tuesday, August 18.

That is quickly followed by another home game against Buxton on Saturday, August 22.

August Bank Holiday Monday brings a trip to newly promoted Darlington, with the Quakers making the trip to Northumberland on Monday, December 28.

Two days prior to the home fixture with Darlington, Spartans face a Boxing Day venture to Workington.

The season closes on Saturday, April 23, and just as last season, it will be a home fixture against Marine.

Fixtures are subject to change due to cup competitions.

Competitions in brackets are designated cup competitions dates set by the FA so fixtures on those dates may change.

August

Sat 15th Barwell (a)

Tues 18th Whitby Town (h)

Sat 22nd Buxton (h)

Tues 25th Ashton United (a)

Sat 29th Nantwich Town (h) (Emirates FA Cup Prelim)

Mon 31st Darlington (a)

September

Sat 5th Stamford (h)

Tues 8th Salford City (a)

Sat 12th (Emirates FA Cup 1QR)

Sat 19th Stourbridge (a)

Tues 22nd Mickleover Sports (h)

Sat 26th (Emirates FA Cup 2QR)

Tues 29th Hyde United (h)

October

Sat 3rd Grantham Town (a) (FA Trophy Prelim)

Tues 6th Ramsbottom United (a)

Sat 10th Rushall Olympic (h) (Emirates FA Cup 3QR)

Tues 13th Frickley Athletic (h)

Sat 17th Colwyn Bay (a)

Tues 20th Ashton United (h)

Sat 24th Buxton (a) (Emirates FA Cup 4QR)

Wed 28th Whitby Town (a)

Sat 31st (FA Trophy 1QR)

November

Sat 7th Barwell (h) (Emirates FA Cup 1R)

Wed 11th (Integro League Cup 1)

Sat 14th (FA Trophy 2QR)

Sat 21st Skelmersdale United (a)

Sat 28th Ilkeston (h) (FA Trophy 3QR)

December

Wed 2nd (Integro League Cup 2)

Sat 5th Marine (a) (Emirates FA Cup 2R)

Sat 12th Matlock Town (h)

Sat 19th Stourbridge (h)

Sat 26th Workington (a)

Mon 28th Darlington (h)

January 2016

Sat 2nd Mickleover Sports (a)

Sat 9th Halesowen Town (a) (Emirates FA Cup 3R)

Wed 13th (Integro League Cup 3)

Sat 16th Sutton Coldfield Town (h) (FA Trophy 2R)

Sat 23rd Nantwich Town (a)

Tues 26th Salford City (h)

Sat 30th Grantham Town (h) (Emirates FA Cup 4R)

February

Sat 6th Hyde United (a) (FA Trophy 3)

Sat 13th Ramsbottom United (h)

Wed 17th (Integro League Cup 4)

Sat 20th Rushall Olympic (a) (Emirates FA Cup 5R)

Tues 23rd Frickley Athletic (a)

Sat 27th Colwyn Bay (h) (FA Trophy 4)

March

Sat 5th Sutton Coldfield Town (a)

Sat 12th Halesowen Town (h) (Emirates FA Cup 6/FA Trophy SF1)

Sat 19th (FA Trophy SF2/Integro League CUp SF)

Sat 26th Stamford (a)

Mon 28th Workington (h)

April

Sat 2nd Ilkeston (a)

Sat 9th Skelmersdale United (h)

Sat 16th Matlock Town (a)

Sat 23rd Marine (h) (Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final)