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Atherton Collieries announce their infamous ‘Jolly Boys’ 2018 opponents

EvoStik side Atherton Collieries have confirmed the details of their annual pre-season ‘Jolly Boys’ outing. On the 11th August, they will be crossing the Lancashire-Yorkshire divide to visit Beechnut Lane, home of new EvoStk side Pontefract Collieries.

A statement on their official site says, “To add an extra layer of competition to what will be the final match of our pre-season campaign, it has been agreed between the two clubs that the fixture will be an inaugural contest for ‘the Colliery Cup’, celebrating our shared roots as football clubs whilst also adding an extra edge to an already competitive clash between Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Pontefract enjoyed an incredibly successful 2017-18 Northern Counties East campaign, winning the title with an incredible 102 points, and will be playing in the Northern Premier League First Division East next season, counterpart to our own First Division West. Like ourselves, this promotion for Pontefract comes soon after a promotion from Step 6, as Ponte were promoted to the NCEL Premier Division in the same season as our own promotion from the North West Counties First Division.

Atherton manager Michael Clegg spoke on the announcement, saying:

“Pontefract had a really good season last year, so it will be a good footballing test for both sides. We always like to use the ‘Jolly Boys’ fixture as an opportunity for some club and team bonding, and after the game the plan will be to stay up there for a few hours, have a few beers and integrate the new lads into the squad whilst mixing with the fans also.”

“It’s been a success each year, and every year it seems to get better, it’s always a day of preseason we look forward to!”

Coach and travel details will be confirmed in due course, along with some more exciting news regarding friendlies, new signings and the confirmation of our new captain for the 2018-19 season.”

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