During the close season six clubs have withdrawn, Renishaw Rangers, Cutthorpe CC, Midland First, North Wingfield WMC, Hasland CFC 2nd and AFC Castle whilst five clubs have joined the league, Royal Oak Whitwell, Bolsover Town Reserves, Walkers Wanderers, Derbyshire Peaks and John Pye Chesterfield.
The first three of the new clubs will play in HKL SIX whilst the other two start life in HKL FOUR. Along with the departures and new arrivals several clubs have been re-branded.
Clowne Wanderers first team will operate as the reserve side whilst their former reserve side will take over the mantle of the first team. Hasland Working Men’s Club become Hasland Club, Brampton Victoria become Brampton Gas and Bar, The Bridge Inn become Boot and Shoe whilst The Gate Inn are now Shinnon.
Defending champions Britannia begin their quest to retain the title on September 12, whist runners up Newton George and Dragon begin their campaign with a visit to newly promoted Bolsover Town on the opening day.
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Of the new clubs Derbyshire Peaks travel to Arkwright Town in Four, Bolsover Town Reserves travel to Brampton Rovers with Royal Oak Whitwell hosting Spartans Reserves in SIX.
DT will be following the league all the way through the season with a league round-up each week.
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