WHARFEDALE, who started pre-season training on Tuesday, July 1, have announced their schedule of friendly matches.

The opener will be on Saturday, August 23 at home to SSE National League Two North Stourbridge, where the entry fee is £5 and costs will be shared by both clubs.

The following Saturday, new signing Simon Willet could face his former colleagues as the Greens travel to Otley for what is not only the reverse of last season's pre-season clash but also a repeat of May's Yorkshire Cup final at Wagon Lane.

The opening SSE National League One match is at Hartpury College on Saturday, September 6, with the first home match the following Saturday, when, ironically, Darlington Mowden Park – former Dalesman Aaron Myers' new club – are the visitors.

The Foresters have a strengthened fixture list next season, and open their pre-season schedule with the visit of North Lancs & Cumbria League club Fleetwood on Saturday, August 16.

The hosts will field a combined Foresters and Development XV side against the club where returning Green James Doherty began his career and where his dad Steve is on the committee, followed by a derby at North Ribblesdale on Thursday, August 21.

There will also be a floodlit matches against Leeds Met University on Tuesday, Sept 2 and Leeds University on Wednesday, September 24.

The club's annual meeting will be held tonight (Thursday) in the clubhouse (7.30).