BANBURY United will face several former Football League clubs next season after their place in Vanarama National League North was confirmed.

The Puritans will compete in the sixth tier for the first time in 2022/23, with fixtures released on July 6.

Banbury can look forward to games against ex-Football League sides Boston United, Darlington, Kidderminster Harriers and Southport.

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They will also take on Chester, Hereford and Scarborough Athletic, who were created as phoenix clubs after the demise of their previous incarnations.

Banbury’s closest opponents will be last season’s play-off semi-finalists Brackley Town, who they face in a competitive game for the first time since 2011/12.

Andy Whing’s men also make the short trip up the M40 to Leamington.

The Puritans have announced an additional pre-season friendly against North Leigh on Saturday, July 23 (3pm).

The Millers are also preparing for their first campaign in a new division after gaining promotion to Pitching In Southern League Premier South last term.

Meanwhile, Oxford City will take on six new opponents in Vanarama National League South in 2022/23.

Among them will be Weymouth, who were relegated despite tempting manager David Oldfield away from Court Place Farm in January.

Dover Athletic also come down from the Vanarama National League while Cheshunt, Farnborough, Taunton Town and Worthing join the division following promotion.

The new season begins on Saturday, August 6.