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Denaby's Chris Hancock scores
Denaby's Chris Hancock scores

Denaby Main arrive in the Premier Division with league-winning pedigree - but Andrew Nota has rubbished talk of them challenging for a second successive title.

Main won the Division One title last season without losing a single game, and added the Division One KO Cup for good measure.

The hard work starts now with a Premier Division campaign - not to mention the small matter of a reunion with rivals Denaby United!

Main start their season on Saturday, at home to Armthorpe Markham Main, and Andy Nota said: “We’ve come up to a challenging division, we are under no illusions how difficult it will be.

“I’m a sceptic anyway, but I’ve got to try and manage expectations. I don’t see us challenging for the title, but I don’t think we’ll be in trouble, either.

“We’ve got seven or eight new, young, hungry players, but I don’t want to build them up too much. We know what they’re capable of, they have to go and show it now.

“We’ve kept the majority of last season’s squad, too, which is important.

“Two or three have moved on, deciding to concentrate on Sunday football, but we’re happy with the squad we’ve got.

“Two or three weeks ago we only had 16, but now we’ve got 23-24 players and any 11 of those players could start.

“There is a good, healthy competition.”