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Promotion bid starts and ends with Rossendale

If Gary Pearce’s side are to achieve their ultimate goal of winning promotion back to National Two North, they will have to overcome a testing start to the new season.
Playing in the Northern Division – the new name for National Three North – Pearce knows there will be no easy games in their bid to win promotion in their 25th Anniversary season.
First up is a home fixture with Rossendale on September 2, who beat Hull twice last season and narrowly missed out on promotion themselves in the playoffs.
Their first away trip of the season will be their short with a 30 mile journey to Pocklington on September 9, who will be keen to mark their first home game since winning promotion with a win.
The return fixture with Pocklington is the final game before the winter break on December 16.
The first game of 2018 takes Hull to Preston Grasshoppers, who finished bottom of Nation Two North last season.
Last season’s Hull’s promotion ended with a defeat at Rossendale late in the season, so there will be a sense of unfinished business when the two sides meet in Lancashire on April 21.

Fixtures in full:
2 (h) Rossendale
9 (a) Pocklington
16 (h) Preston Grasshoppers
23 (a) Harrogate
30 (h) Lymm

7 (a) Morley
21 (h) Billingham
28 (a) Sandal

4 (h) Wirral
11 (h) Ilkley
25 (a) Birkenhead Park

2 (h) Kendal
9 (a) Kirkby Longdale
16 (h) Pocklington

6 (a) Preston Grasshoppers
13 (h) Harrogate
20 (a) Lymm
27 (h) Morley

3 (a) Billingham
17 (h) Sandal

3 (a) Wirral
10 (a) Ilkley
24 (h) Birkenhead Park

7 (a) Kendal
14 (h) Kirkby Longdale
21 (a) Rossendale

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