PAUL Mashiter could be Great Harwood's "diamond" this season says assistant manager Dave Sharples.

The striker scored 21 goals last season and could play a big part following Harwood's promotion to the NWCL Division One.

Harwood kick off the season at Abbey Hey tomorrow followed by Monday's visit of Curzon Ashton.

"Mashy has done well in pre-season, he is my diamond at the moment," said Sharples, who may carry on playing this season.

Mashiter, like several other Harwood players including keeper Bobby Harris, is also signed up to UniBond League Chorley - who are now under former Harwood boss John Hughes.

But Sharples is hoping they will continue to play for the Robins.

"We want to keep them here as they are good footballers."

Striker John Eastham has played in a few pre-season friendlies following his knee operation last season and should also a play a big part this season.

Sharples tips Colne and Fleetwood as the ones to watch. "For us it is all about consolidating. We want to make sure we stay in this league. Colne are strong with Andy Payton there and Fleetwood are another strong side who I expect to be up there."

Great Harwood Fixtures:


14 Abbey Hey A
16 Curzon Ashton H
21 Alsager Town A
24 Squires Gate A
28 Congleton Town A
30 Atherton LR H


7 Glossop NE A
13 Colne H
18 Atherton Coll H
21 Ramsbottom U A
25 Fleetwood Town H
27 Skelmersdale U H


2 Glossop NE H
9 Bacup Borough A
16 Maine Road H
23 Newcastle Town H
30 Trafford A


13 Colne A
20 Salford City A
27 St Helens Town H


4 Stone Dom H
18 Atherton LR A
27 Bacup Borough H


3 Curzon Ashton A
8 Ramsbottom U H
15 Fleetwood Town A
22 Formby H
29 Skelmersdale A


5 Alsager Town A
12 Maine Road A
19 Congleton Town H
26 Nantwich Town H


5 Stone Dom A
12 Newcastle Town A
19 Salford City H
26 Formby A
28 St Helens Town A


2 Nantwich Town A
9 Squires Gate H
16 Trafford H
23 Abbey Hey H