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National League fixtures for 2019/20 season

The National League fixtures are out and there’s derby action in the first week of the season.

Ebbsfleet and Bromley clash at Hayes Lane on Tuesday, August 6 with Michael Cheek and Chris Bush set to line up against their former employers on what will be their Ravens home debuts.

Elsewhere that night, Maidstone are away to Welling with both sides aiming to be among the promotion shake-up in the South division.

Ebbsfleet and Dover will go head-to-head in the National League Picture: Phil Lee
Ebbsfleet and Dover will go head-to-head in the National League Picture: Phil Lee

Fleet and Stones are both at home on the opening day with Dover and Dartford on the road while Welling face a tough assignment away to title favourites Havant.

Having survived relegation last term, Dover are preparing for their first full season of full-time football under boss Andy Hessenthaler and open at Chesterfield on August 3.

They've lost Mitch Brundle to Dagenham while Stuart Lewis has retired but Hessenthaler's made some smart acquisitions including Michael Woods and Will De Havilland.

Ebbsfleet will be almost unrecognisable from the side which finished last season with the club having cut its budget as part of a major financial restructure.

Danny Kedwell, Dean Rance and Andy Drury are among the high-profile departures while Ebou Adams and Corey Whitely have both been picked up by Football League clubs.

However, manager Garry Hill has brought in some experienced players including Aswad Thomas and Alex Lawless, a title winner with Leyton Orient last season.

Hakan Hayrettin and John Still are building a new squad at Maidstone Picture: Andy Jones
Hakan Hayrettin and John Still are building a new squad at Maidstone Picture: Andy Jones

Maidstone's relegation has prompted a major overhaul of their squad and John Still and Hakan Hayrettin have been busy in the transfer market.

They've landed former Wolves defender George Elokobi and right-back Gavin Hoyte, once of Arsenal, for what the Stones hope will be a promotion push.

Dartford are starting a season without Elliot Bradbrook for the first time in a decade after their former captain announced his retirement.

But the return of Luke Wanadio and a permanent deal for Darren McQueen could fill the goal void he leaves behind.

Tonbridge celebrate their promotion to National League South Picture: David Couldridge
Tonbridge celebrate their promotion to National League South Picture: David Couldridge

Tonbridge Angels clinched promotion via the super play-off in May after five years in the Bostik League.

Manager Steve McKimm may be working with one of the division's smallest budgets but crucially he's kept most of the players who did the business for him last season.

Steve King left Welling after they lost in the play-off final so chairman Mark Goldberg is back involved on the management side with Hugo Langton installed as head coach.

Popular striker Adam Coombes heads a long list of summer signings as Goldberg will hope for better fortune in the Park View Road hotseat than he enjoyed first time around in 2016/17.

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