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North Region Junior FA football league season kicks off with two-tier Premier League and Championship format following summer reconstruction

By Craig Christie

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Saturday sees a new two-tier North Region junior football league format get started.

North junior league action resumes on Saturday. Picture: David Porter
North junior league action resumes on Saturday. Picture: David Porter

League reconstruction was voted in during the summer, and a 14-club Premier League and 16-team Championship has been created.

Banks O' Dee's promotion to the Highland League as last season's Superleague winners opened the doors for other clubs to enter.

But Hall Russell United and Whitehills opted out of this campaign and entered a season of abeyance to recover committee and player numbers and try again next season.

Saturday's fixtures (2pm kick-offs):

McBookie.com Premier League

Banchory St. Ternan v Nairn St Ninian

Bridge of Don Thistle v Stonehaven

Colony Park v Ellon United

Culter v Montrose Roselea

Dyce v Stoneywood-Parkvale

Hermes v Dufftown

Maud v Aberdeen East End

McBookie.com Championship

Aberdeen University v Cruden Bay

Deveronside v Lossiemouth United

Forres Thistle v New Elgin

Fraserburgh United v Glentanar

Islavale v Rothie Rovers

Longside v Burghead Thistle

Newmachar United v Buchanhaven Hearts

Sunnybank v Banks O' Dee

Lossiemouth United returned after six-and-a-half years out and Banks O' Dee entered a second string into the Championship.

Hall Russell's exit from the top tier meant Dufftown were chosen to join last season's Division 1 top two Stonehaven and Stoneywood-Parkvale in gaining promotion into the Premier League.

This season's Premier League winners could earn the chance to emulate Banks O' Dee's elevation to the Highland League via a pyramid play-off.

Four clubs will also be promoted from this season's Championship into next year's Premier.

The season is already under way for all clubs with group matches being played in the Grill Cup competition.

Lossiemouth United return to the league set-up on Saturday with a visit to Deveronside at Canal Park in Banff.

Forres Thistle and New Elgin stage a Logie Park rematch in the Championship, with Jags winning there 3-1 last Saturday in the Grill Cup.

Islavale host last season's Division 2 champions Rothie Rovers and Burghead Thistle travel to Buchan to take on Longside.

Dufftown face a tough opening match in the Premier League away to one of the title contenders, Hermes.

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