Soule: League will be even tougher this year

New Mills boss Roy Soule.
New Mills boss Roy Soule.

Millers chief Roy Soule is predicting a tough season ahead in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

Soule, whose side host Burscough on the opening day this weekend, believes there is a cluster of teams capable of winning the league.

He said: “This year the league is super-heavy with lots of title contenders.

“People are talking about likes of Salford, with their new-found wealth, and Droylsden, who have been up there but have fallen down the pyramid system.

“But I look towards the North-East and I think that Darlington and Spennymoor will do well.

“Spennymoor is always a difficult place to take a team.

“There’s some quality teams in the league this year but if I had to pick a team to win it then I’d have to go for one of the those two.”

In terms of the Millers’ preparations, they went down to a fourth consecutive friendly defeat last weekend with a 4-2 loss to Trafford.

Jimmy Constantine and Michael Smith notched consolation strikes for Soule’s men in a spirited effort against a side from the division above.

Last night (Wednesday) a Sheffield United XI, largely made up of youth team players, visited Church Lane for the Millers’ final outing of pre-season.