Football: Main men net County bow

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Denaby Main are looking forward to life in new surroundings as they prepare for their County Senior League bow.

Main - along with Denaby United - have made the leap into the County League after finishing as the top two in last season’s Doncaster Senior Premier League.

The new season is only days away and Main assistant manager Andy Nota is looking forward to the new challenge.

“The new league will be a big challenge for us of course.

“We’ve got a good young squad though and we’re looking forward to it.”

His side will go into the new season on the back of a very competitive pre-season schedule, having lost a hard-fought friendly against local rivals Swinton Athletic last weekend.

“We lost 4-3 but it was a very good game for both teams,” said Nota.

“It is a local derby but we get on very well with Swinton and everybody enjoys it.

“There’s no nasty tackles or ugly incidents or anything like that, it was played in the right spirit by both sides so it sets the standard really. We’ve got another friendly game on Wednesday against South Kirkby then we’re into the new season.”

With the introduction into a new league structure comes something of a step into the unknown for the team, but Nota is happy with what he’s seen from the squad and their new players this summer, although he acknowledges they won’t know how ready the team is until the competitive action gets underway.

“There’s a few new players for this season.

“They’re all good young lads who have done well so far and are doing well in what we’ve seen but it’s hard to judge the team in friendlies.”

“It’s a completely new challenge so we’ll see how it goes,” he added when asked about the team’s aims in their new league. Denaby Main get underway in the Counties Senior League on the 16th August away against Shaw Lane Aquaforce reserves before their first home game of the season the following Wednesday when they host Maltby Main Reserves.