05:00PM, Saturday 06 July 2019
Christmas came early for National League fans yesterday (Wednesday) as the 2019/20 season fixtures for each club were announced, and Magpies fans will be licking their lips for some tasty ties over the course of the season.
Maidenhead kick off their campaign live on BT Sport as they take on Stockport County on Saturday, August 3 at 12.30pm. The Magpies then face two more big names in Chesterfield and Hartlepool United the following week at York Road.
Boss Alan Devonshire insisted getting ‘results’ was the most important thing at the start of a ‘tough’ league campaign.
“It’s tough, tough, tough, tough,” he admitted.
“I think travelling to play the likes of Torquay and Wrexham on Tuesday nights will be hard but it is what it is. We've just got to get results really.
“Stockport County are a big club and the they won the league so they will be full of confidence and we went their two years ago and lost in extra time of the cup so we know what they’re about.
“It doesn’t look like a great start on paper but you can sometimes look at matches and say we will pick up points here or there.”
Notts County will be the side that headlines the Magpies festive double header– as well as coming to York Road on New Years Day- as Devonshire’s men make the 260 mile round trip to Nottingham on Boxing Day before facing Wrexham at home 48 hours later.
“They (Notts County) are the biggest club in the league,” added Devonshire
“It’s tough, travelling to Notts County on the 26th and then 48 hours later facing Wrexham, but we have to play everyone twice and everyone’s got to do it. There are massive teams in this league – Chesterfield and Hartlepool will be looking to do better than they did last season, they’ve got new managers in and we have them early on.
“Torquay won the league easily last season too.”
United will end their 2019/20 campaign with a home tie against Sutton United.
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