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2018/19 league line-up unveiled

25th May, 2018

The Toolstation NCEL Premier Division and Division One line-ups for the 2018/19 season have been revealed by the Football Association.

As expected, both divisions have been reduced to twenty teams with three sides coming in to the competition whilst seven have left.

In the Premier Division, champions Pontefract Collieries, runners-up Pickering Town and third-placed AFC Mansfield have moved up to Step 4 football and will be plying their trade in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.

One team comes down from Step 4 with Goole AFC returning to the NCEL after thirteen years away.

The three teams to drop down to Step 6 are Rainworth Miners Welfare who took voluntary demotion and bottom side Clipstone - they both go into the East Midlands Counties League - whilst Parkgate, who finished next-to-bottom, will be in NCEL Division One.

That means that Harrogate Railway Athletic will stay in the Premier Division despite finishing in the bottom three whilst Division One champions Knaresborough Town, runners-up Yorkshire Amateur and play-off winners Eccleshill United move up into the top flight.

In Division One, Brigg Town and Retford United's demotion to Step 7 has been confirmed whilst we welcome the long-awaited return of Central Midlands League side Harworth Colliery and Lincolnshire League outfit Skegness Town.

Both Harworth and Skegness were in the NCEL in the 1980s and it is great to see them back.

2018/19 TOOLSTATION NCEL LEAGUE LINE-UPS
PREMIER DIVISION
1. Albion Sports
2. Athersley Recreation
3. Barton Town
4. Bottesford Town
5. Bridlington Town
6. Eccleshill United (from NCEL Division 1)
7. Garforth Town
8. Goole AFC (from Northern Premier League)
9. Hall Road Rangers
10. Handsworth Parramore
11. Harrogate Railway Athletic
12. Hemsworth Miners Welfare
13. Knaresborough Town (from NCEL Division 1)
14. Liversedge
15. Maltby Main
16. Penistone Church
17. Staveley Miners Welfare
18. Thackley
19. Worksop Town
20. Yorkshire Amateur (from NCEL Division 1)

DIVISION ONE
1. AFC Emley
2. Armthorpe Welfare
3. Campion
4. Dronfield Town
5. East Yorkshire Carnegie
6. FC Bolsover
7. Glasshoughton Welfare
8. Grimsby Borough
9. Hallam
10. Harworth Colliery (from Central Midlands League)
11. Nostell Miners Welfare
12. Ollerton Town
13. Parkgate (from NCEL Premier Division)
14. Rossington Main
15. Selby Town
16. Shirebrook Town
17. Skegness Town (from Lincolnshire League)
18. Swallownest
19. Winterton Rangers
20. Worsbrough Bridge Athletic

Teams leaving the NCEL: AFC Mansfield, Brigg Town, Clipstone, Pickering Town, Pontefract Collieries, Rainworth Miners Welfare, Retford United.

The line-ups will be ratified at next month's NCEL Annual General Meeting and the website will update with the new constitution after that has taken place.

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Pontefract Collieries 42 102 96
P Pickering Town 42 96 75
P AFC Mansfield 42 96 67
4 Handsworth Parramore 42 85 43
5 Maltby Main 42 75 31
6 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 72 27
7 Penistone Church 42 72 27
8 Bottesford Town 42 69 9
9 Bridlington Town 42 64 21
R Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 63 -5
11 Liversedge 42 57 3
12 Hall Road Rangers 42 55 -1
13 Barton Town (-1) 42 55 -12
14 Garforth Town 42 52 -29
15 Albion Sports 42 48 -8
16 Thackley 42 47 -9
17 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 47 -31
18 Athersley Recreation 42 46 -23
19 Worksop Town 42 46 -26
20 Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 31 -62
R Parkgate 42 26 -58
R Clipstone 42 2 -135
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Knaresborough Town 42 100 61
P Yorkshire Amateur 42 88 77
3 Grimsby Borough 42 85 57
P Eccleshill United 42 85 48
5 Shirebrook Town 42 81 31
6 Glasshoughton Welfare 42 77 31
7 Selby Town 42 75 34
8 Hallam 42 73 42
9 Campion 42 73 30
10 Winterton Rangers 42 61 2
11 Swallownest 42 58 -11
12 AFC Emley 42 57 -5
13 Rossington Main 42 53 -14
14 Dronfield Town 42 52 -13
15 Ollerton Town 42 47 -24
16 Armthorpe Welfare 42 46 -25
17 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 40 -36
18 East Yorkshire Carnegie 42 34 -34
19 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 33 -48
20 FC Bolsover (-6) 42 30 -76
R Brigg Town 42 29 -54
R Retford United 42 24 -73

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