RYHOPE CW have been handed a home game for their introduction to the Ebac Northern League.
Martin Swales’ impressive Wearside League champions, promoted after successive title triumphs, will entertain relegated Stokesley SC in their Second Division debut on August 18.
In Division One, Sunderland RCA are at home the same day, with Consett the visitors to Meadow Park. Darlington, fighting to avoid their demotion down four divisions, are scheduled to visit Bishop Auckland – a match sure to attract a huge crowd to Heritage Park.
Opening fixtures, August 18 – Division One: Ashington v Billingham Synthonia, Bedlington Terriers v Durham City, Billingham Town v Whitley Bay, Bishop Auckland v Darlington, Celtic Nation v South Shields, Dunston UTS v Shildon, Hebburn Town v Guisborough, Marske Utd v Newton Aycliffe, Norton v Penrith, Spennymoor v Team Northumbria, Sunderland RCA v Consett, West Auckland v Newcastle Benfield
Division Two: Brandon Utd v Darlington RA, Esh Winning v Birtley Town, Jarrow Roofing v North Shields, Morpeth Town v Horden CW, Northallerton Town v Crook Town, Ryhope CW v Stokesley SC, Thornaby v Whickham, Tow Law Town v Alnwick Town, Washington v Ryton & Crawcrook Albion, West Allotment Celtic v Seaham Red Star, Whitehaven v Chester-le-Street