NCEL season preview: Maltby Main

Mick Norbury
Mick Norbury

Mick Norbury is another manager starting out on his first full season in charge.

And with Maltby Main having enjoyed a good pre-season, the expectation levels will have gone up a level at Muglet Lane with the Miners losing just one of their eight warm up games.

Norbury steadied the ship after replacing Brian Cusworth at the helm in late September of last year.

He guided the club away from the bottom end of the Premier Division table and they eventually finished a massive 27 points clear of the drop zone, despite a 12-point deduction.

Although Norbury has not made too many changes over the summer, the Maltby boss has added a wealth of experience after securing the services of former Stocksbridge Park Steels player/assistant manager Brett Bowden-Lovell.

The towering central defender, who can also operate as a striker, had spent the previous five seasons playing in the Evo-Stik Premier Division and turned down offers from several clubs to sign for the Miners.

Midfielder Liam Royles has also moved to Maltby from Stocksbridge, while forward Oliver Fearon has rejoined the club for a second spell.

Norbury, however, was forced into bringing in a new goalkeeper following Jamie Bailey’s switch to Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

Ben Brunt is the new Miners custodian after being snapped up from local football.

Maltby will be hoping that Cusworth will be fit to face Nostell MW this weekend after the veteran striker suffered a foot injury in pre-season.