Borough will look to make home advantage pay in their early fixtures

Todmorden Borough returned to training this week after a short summer break buoyed by the release of the fixtures for August.

Five of their first seven games in Division Two of the West Lancashire League are at home, raising hopes that they can make a flying start.

Borough finished seventh of the 15 teams last season and their first opponents will be a Barrow Wanderers side they lost to in the final game.

However, that was a match of little significance and Tod will be optimistic of turning the tables on Saturday, August 3 with ground advantage.

Borough will also be at home three days later to fallen giants Haslingden St Mary’s, who were relegated from the middle section last season.

Todmorden travel to Askam United (fourth last season) the following Saturday, host Ladybridge (10th) on Tuesday, August 13 and Croston Sports (12th) on August 17.

They finish the opening month with a trip to CMB (11th) on the 24th and a home game with Furness Cavaliers (13th) on the 31st.

Manager John Gilford, who is expecting to operate with a very similar squad to last season, said: “If we get our act together early on we have a chance to begin strongly.

“Last year we struggled at the beginning of the season and it was an uphill battle from then on.”

Gilford is particularly looking forward to the clash with close rivals Haslingden, who he regards as joint favourites for honours with Leyland.

Gilford reports Borough’s Belholme pitch to be in excellent order.