Bucks’ division gets major summer shake-up

Buxton against Matlock will be on three local derbies next season.
Buxton against Matlock will be on three local derbies next season.
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Buxton are set for an increased number of local derbies next season, after Belper’s promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

The Nailers will be competing at this level for the first time in their history after sealing success in the First Division South play-offs last season.

Other local clashes within close proximity for Martin McIntosh’s side include games against Matlock Town and Ilkeston.

One club that won’t be making a visit to the Silverlands however is Worksop Town.

The Tigers’ well-documented off-field troubles have seen them withdraw from the Evo-Stik League.

Last week they were confirmed as being part of the NCEL Premier Division, representing a drop of two divisions in the non-league pyramid.

In total 2014-15 will see six new sides enter the Bucks’ division.

As well as Belper, there will be three other promoted sides in the shape of Curzon Ashton, Halesowen Town and Ramsbottom United.

Workington also enter the league after their relegation from Conference North, whilst Stourbridge have been transferred across from the Southern League Premier.

McIntosh will be hoping the Workington game in particular is not arranged for a midweek, whilst other long trips include games at Blyth, Whitby and King’s Lynn.

Meanwhile, the Club has confirmed that the friendly at home to Altrincham on July 8 will now kick-off at 7.15pm.

This is to ensure supporters are able to watch the World Cup semi-final the same night, which kicks off at 9pm.

Buxton are hopeful of agreeing an away fixture for Saturday July 19 to complete their pre-season schedule.

The proposed game would be their only away friendly ahead of the new season, which kicks off on August 16.