BIDEFORD and Barnstaple Town will meet in an early-season Southern League derby.
The first league clash between the North Devon rivals in more than six years will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 29.
The Robins will host that game with a bumper crowd expected at the Sports Ground, while Barnstaple will be at home to their neighbours on Boxing Day.
Bideford, relegated from the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division last season, start their campaign on August 6 with a trip up the M5 to Mangotsfield United. Yate Town make the journey to Mill Road for Barnstaple first-ever Southern League fixture.
Two days later, Bideford’s newly-arranged Monday midweek fixtures begin when they welcome Devon rivals Tiverton Town. Barnstaple visit Taunton Town the following day.
Big-hitters Hereford will travel in their numbers after promotion last term. The Bulls visit Barnstaple on August 27 and Bideford on March 11. Matches at Edgar Street will be on April 15 and November 5 respectively.
Easter Monday, April 17, is scheduled to be the penultimate round of fixtures and Barnstaple will have another derby to look forward to as Tiverton are at Mill Road, while Bideford make the relatively short trip to Somerset to take on Taunton.
Bideford finish their campaign with a mouthwatering clash against Salisbury FC and Barnstaple’s maiden season at this level draws to a close at Shortwood United, who finished seventh and just five points off a play-off spot last season.
The fixture list is good news for lovers of North Devon football as Bideford and Barnstaple are not scheduled to play at home on the same day throughout the season.
Evo-Stik League Southern Div 1 South West 2016-17 fixtures
Barnstaple Tn – Aug 6: Yate Tn (H). Aug 9: Taunton Tn (A). Aug 13: Swindon Supermarine (A). Aug 16: Paulton Rov (H). Aug 27: Hereford (H). Aug 29: Bideford (A). Sep 10: Shortwood Utd (H). Sep 17: Larkhall Ath (A). Sep 24: Bishops Cleeve (H). Sep 27: Mangotsfield Utd (A). Oct 1: North Leigh (A). Oct 15: Wantage Tn (H). Oct 22: Salisbury (A). Oct 25: Bridgwater Tn (H). Nov 5: Evesham Utd (H). Nov 12: Didcot Tn (A). Nov 19: Swindon Supermarine (H). Nov 22: Paulton Rov (A). Nov 26: Yate Tn (A). Nov 29: Taunton Tn (H). Dec 3: Winchester City (H). Dec 10: Slimbridge (A). Dec 17: Wimborne Tn (A). Dec 26: Bideford (H). Jan 2: Tiverton Tn (A). Jan 7: Larkhall Ath (H). Jan 14: AFC Totton (A). Jan 21: Wimborne Tn (H). Jan 28: Bishops Cleeve (A). Feb 4: Mangotsfield Utd (H). Feb 11: Wantage Tn (A). Feb 18: North Leigh (H). Feb 25: Bridgwater Tn (A). Mar 4: Salisbury (H). Mar 11: Evesham Utd (A). Mar 18: Didcot Tn (H). Mar 25: Winchester City (A). Apr 1: Slimbridge (H). Apr 8: AFC Totton (H). Apr 15: Hereford (A). Apr 17: Tiverton Tn (H). Apr 22: Shortwood Utd (A).