The next team to feature on our ‘Opposition in Focus’ is newly relegated side United of Manchester.
United suffered a miserable 2018/19 campaign in the National League North, finishing second from bottom with just 34 points in total.
A victory was a rare sight for the Manchester side last season, winning just eight league matches in total, whilst losing 24 of them.
They boasted the third worst goal difference in the league with a melancholy figure of -33, scoring 49 goals and conceding 82.
The last time United were in the Northern Premier League was during the 2014/15 season, where they would go on to finish top of the league and remain in the National League for the next four years.
Unfortunately, the 2018/19 campaign was to be their last in the division, with manager Neil Reynolds looking to get the club promoted at the first time of asking after their disappointing season.
Defensive additions have been made, with 26-year-old Adam Dodd joining the club from Bamber Bridge, along with 6ft 4in defender Thomas Dean and former Marine duo James Joyce and Craig Carney.
Oliver Crowley, who was due to play for United of Manchester last season, has finally put pen to paper to join the club. The left back was meant to be signed after the 18/19 pre-season, but due to the wait for international clearance after having played in America, he was forced to wait.
Other summer additions include five new midfielders and three new forwards. So, United will be a new-look side when they start their 2019/20 campaign against Grantham Town, with Neil Reynolds hoping that they have done enough this summer to build a promotion-contending side.
The Dolly Blues face United of Manchester on September 3rdat the Giant Axe Stadium at 7.45pm.
By Adam Smith