We spoke to Southport Manager Cameron Foster about his sides start to the season, after playing three games already this campaign, both winning, drawing and losing one, resulting in his side being 7th currently in the Premier Division.
"The players are doing well and enjoying training. We can see a huge improvement already in regards to our style of play and feel very positive that the players are developing and learning".
"Our youth set up is run to try and create more first team players".
The club changed its entire structure at the start of the season, seeing a transformation in not just the development sides, but the first team also".
"The Under 17's,18's and 21's have got to create future first team players, if we finish bottom of the league this season but get 1 or 2 lads signed on Conference forms, that will be a success for us".
"The key here is development and we are using this league as a tool".
After 3 games into the season, results are not the end of the world for Foster, but believes it is an 'excting' time to be involved with the club.
"June this year saw us look at 170 players in the 3 youth squads, so we believe every player that come through that system has the potential to move on to better things".
"We have attracted new players from academies due to the new set up here. There is also a lot of local talent too which has come from our own youth set up and other grass roots players looking to push their career forward".
"It's an exciting time at the club and this is just the beginning of the journey".
After 2 wins in the first 4 games of the season, and currently placed second in the Premier Division after the opening few games of the season, Rylands manager Andy Dawson is pleased with how his side have started the campaign.
"I think the season has started well overall, considering we are a new squad and still learning".
After a positive start to the season, Dawson believes in his team and has changed his aims for the season.
"At the start of the season I set a challenge to sit mid-table, but so far we have played what are the top two sides in the league, with one win and one defeat".
"My lads are improving week by week, I believe there is far more to come from this group so our aim is to finish in the top 3, which would be a fantastic season, but we'll take each game as it comes and who knows what could happen".
The Rylands manager couldn't fault any of his players, and believe the potential of the team is one to watch.
"These are young lads still learning the game so my job is to keep them performing well consistenly and for them to be able to adapt quickly to play different styles depending on the game".
Hartford Under 21's start their first season in the North West Under 21 Development League in the West Division, with 19 year old manager Harry Bennett in charge, we spoke to Harry as Hartford prepare for their first game of the season.
Pre-season has gone well for Bennett's team, who have improved game on game as they get closer to the big kick-off.
"We didn't start off the best but we have improved in every game we've played. It has given us the chance to try different formations, and to see what some of the teams we'd be playing against this season are like".
The club are aiming high in their first season at this level, very much being the unpredictable team in the West Division as a new club.
"We are a new team and haven't played any of the teams in the league before, we aren't sure what to expect".
"We definitely want to be pushing towards the top end of the table but it's important we compete in every game we play".
Hartford start the West Division on Sunday 10th September as they face Malpas.
"Everyone is ready for the first game, I think everyone just wants to get started now".
"There is a lot of lads in our squad so the competition is high to be in the 16 for the first game of the season".
Egerton Under 21's are fully prepared of the new North West Under 21 Development League East Division on Sunday as they face Stockport Vikings at Torkington Park this weekend, after an outstanding season which has seen the club win 6 games out of 6, scoring 32 goals, We caught up with Manger Tom Fox to see how things are looking ahead of Sunday's game.
"Our pre-season has been emphatic winning 6 games out of 6, including 3 wins over Premier Division sides".
"This has created a great vibe around the squad and I am positive we will use the most players this season having 31 signed on already".
With such a positive pre-season in preparation for the new season, Egerton are very confident in what they can achieve this season.
"We have a very ambitious squad meaning we literally believe we will beat anyone we face, I am confident to say we will be up there to win the East Division, and hopefully a Championship Cup run".
"We are going into this as the dark horse, the team which goes unnoticed and gains a few scalps, what better way to attempt this by playing Daten Under 21's away in the first round".
Egerton will need to carry on their consistent run of performances into Sunday as they are on the road and have a tough test to Stockport Vikings.
"We have more than 24 players ready and it's my job now to cut that to 16. The approach we take is possession based attacking football".
"We have different formations for who we are playing and who we have playing for us, showing our flexibility".
When we spoke to the manager, he believes he has a very talented squad. But he has told us to watch out on Rhian Davies which some Man United fans may have heard of, as well as Oliver Ford who will score a bagful of goals at this level.
By Rob Trafford.
A brace from Alex O’Connor proved not to be enough for Macclesfield Town’s Under 21 side this afternoon, as a physical Mossley Juniors side ran out 4 – 2 winners at Ashton Sixth Form College,
In the last of their pre-season friendlies, Macc started the brighter and looked to play fast, intricate football from the off.
Yet with just three minutes on the clock the hosts had broken the stalemate when Mitchell Roach broke free and calmly hammered past Jones in the Macc goal.
The visitors stuck to their guns however and laid siege on the Mossley goal with Pemberton and O’Connor looking particularly dangerous.
Despite some good saves from the Mossley ‘keeper and epic goalmouth scrambles which would just not fall kindly for the lads in blue, it took a world class effort from O’Connor to restore parity.
The youngster hammered a thirty yard free kick from the left, over the makeshift wall and into the top right hand corner of the net.
You will never see a better free kick, by anyone, anywhere.
The Silkmen continued to press yet on 19 minutes Mossley’s lead was restored when Greg Sale’s thirty yard free kick somehow nestled into the near post.
Cue an absolute onslaught by the visitors, as they tried to get back on level terms for the second time.
Rendel had an absolute screamer well tipped over by the Mossley ‘keeper, and Macc were handed a golden opportunity to equalise in the 34th minute when they were awarded a penalty following a heavy challenge in the area.
The spot kick was brilliantly saved however, after the ‘keeper dived to his right and sublimely turned the ball around the bar.
Despite his impressive saves, the Mossley ‘keeper would be left red faced shortly after, as O’Connor’s scuffed shot slid agonisingly under his gloves and into the near post.
It was a shame really, as up until this point the young Mossley stopper had kept his side in the game.
Just before the interval Martyn Irvine breathed a sigh of relief, when a free kick from the right was glanced on to the inside of the far post before being cleared to safety by Okome
The interval brought with it a number of changes for both sides, and less than a minute after the restart Macc’s number 15 audaciously launched a mid-air rabona, which was brilliantly saved by the Mossley ‘keeper.
Macc continued to dominate proceedings, yet would fall behind on 65 mins when the Referee pointed to the spot after it seemed like a Mossley forward had lunged at the Macc centre-back with both feet in the air.
Both sets of players, as well as the decent level of support on the sidelines were bemused by the decision, yet the kick was confidently despatched which gave the hosts the lead.
On 69 minutes the dangerous O’Connor was inches away from his hat-trick, as he smashed the ball towards goal on the edge of the area, and only an acrobatic tip over the bar prevented Macc from equalising for the third time.
Shortly after the deficit was doubled however, when the Mossley number three hit an absolute screamer from twenty five yards out which nestled into the top right hand corner.
Macc did not give up though, and efforts from Pemberton and O’Connor in particular threatened to set up a grandstand finish.
But as the full time whistle blew, Martyn Irvine could be pleased with what he had witnessed ahead of next weekend’s big kick off against Styal.
Macclesfield Town U21’s (Starting XI): Jones, Okome, Anderson, Nolan, Ogundaisi, Kemp, Rendle, O’Connor, Pemberton, Del-Rio, Crosdale