New-look Doncaster Town set for Yorkshire South Premier League opener

Luke Townsend (second from the right) is Doncaster Town's new captain.
Luke Townsend (second from the right) is Doncaster Town's new captain.

Doncaster Town will have a new look for a new era when they host rivals Rotherham Town on Saturday (12.30) in their ECB Yorkshire South Premier League opener.

Luke Townsend has taken over the captaincy following Alex Gosney’s decision to relinquish the role.

All-rounder Michael Topp, who has represented Australia’s Centre of Excellence and Victoria Under-23s, is expected to add quality with the bat and ball.

And the club has also been boosted by the arrival of James Ward from Darfield and Will Street from Rotherham.

Stuart Guy and Lewis Brown have joined Wickersley, while Rhys Mann has linked up with Warmsworth.

Town will also have to do without batsmen Gareth Cox and Felix Odell, both of whom will not be returning to the UK this season from their spells in Australia.

The new Yorkshire South Premier League brings together seven of the former Yorkshire League clubs, based in South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, together with last year’s top four South Yorkshire Senior League clubs and Wakefield Thornes, from the Central Yorkshire League.

The champions of the four Premier Leagues in Yorkshire will meet in end-of-season play-offs with the final being played in Abu Dhabi in October.