It has been exactly twelve months since the RFU cancelled the 2019-20 season due to the pandemic. All Fylde followers will remember that at that stage there were five games still to play and the Club had a real chance of making the play-off for promotion to National One in its Centenary season. That wasn’t to be as Tonbridge Juddians in 2nd place in Nat Two (South) were promoted on the basis of their record at that time.
So when the 2021-22 season begins in early September, as we all desperately hope, Fylde will be facing mostly familiar opposition, principally Northern clubs. Whilst last season’s champions Caldy move up to Nat One and Scunthorpe, Preston Grasshoppers and Otley drop down to level 5 and Hinckley swaps to Nat Two (South), into the division come Rotherham and Hull Ionians (from Nat One) and old friends Blaydon and Harrogate promoted from North Premier. The final club, Bournville, comes up from Midlands Premier – this will be the first time that Fylde will have met the ambitious club adjacent to Birmingham.
It’s interesting to see that seven of the clubs are in Yorkshire amongst the 12 Northern clubs.
We await the issue of the fixture list by the RFU and NCA. Then we can plan our activities and events at the Woodlands.