15th December 2017, 14:30 | ncl
Reigning NCL champions Thatto Heath Crusaders will kick off their title defence with a trip to local rivals Wigan St Pats as the NCL fixtures for 2018 are announced.
The Heath enjoyed a dramatic 16-12 Grand Final win over League Leaders Siddal back in October to claim the title and will be hoping for more success in 2018 as their season gets underway on March 3.
Siddal's first tie under new Head Coach Anthony Murray will be a tough trip to perennial play-off contenders, West Hull.
In Division 1, Leigh Miners Rangers begin their rebuild after a shock relegation in 2017 as they host fellow relegated outfit Pilkington Recs in round one on March 10.
And last year's Division 3 champions, West Bowling, travel to Dewsbury Moor on March 3 in their first Division 2 fixture, as newcomers Beverley, coached by Hull FC and England star Scott Taylor and returning to the NCL for the first time since the 1998/99 season, host Barrow Island on February 24.
Full 2018 fixtures for the NCL Premier Division, Division 1 and Division 2 can be found here: nationalconferenceleague.co.uk.
Full 2018 fixtures for NCL Division 3 can be found by clicking HERE