How many Bristol Rovers fans who travelled down to Exeter City on the opening day of League Two 2013/14 would of thought they would be hosting Grimsby Town at the start of the 2014/15 campaign as a non-league club. The other relegated club from the football league couldn't of got a tougher start - Torquay United make the mammoth 760+ mile round trip to Tyne and Wear to play Gateshead who lost in the play-off final last season. To put this into context Enfield Town will have clocked up roughly the same amount of mileage in Ryman League games come November when they arrive back from their trip to Leiston. That's nine away games! Good luck to all United fans making the journey which should be very memorable whatever the result.
Hereford United kick off their Calor League Premier Division campaign with the visit of St Neots Town to Edgar Street. The Bulls have had an eventful summer being demoted two divisions from the Conference following financial problems. The capacity at their home will be reduced to just 1,000 fans with the Len Weston Stand and Blackfriars End closed. The Hereford United Supporter's Trust (HUST) has voted to boycott home games in protest against the current ownership of the club. The HUST team has played a number of friendlies in front of decent crowds (650 v Ledbury Town) and has a few more games to come in the next month including a HUFC solidarity day at Royston Town on Saturday 23rd August with the match taking place before The Crows play Aylesbury United in a league game.
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Great Wakering Rovers make a welcome return to the Ryman League after a two year spell in the Essex Senior League with a trip to Needham Market. The Marketmen have been in good form in pre-season winning against Hadleigh United (3-0), Chelmsford City (3-1) and Bishops Stortford (1-0) alongside defeats versus Colchester United (2-6) and Lowestoft Town (2-0). This time last season Rovers were recording a 2-0 home win versus Tower Hamlets in front of 92 people at Burroughs Park. The game at Bloomfields should easily attract double this figure plus a few more.
|FOOTBALL IS BACK TOMORROW|
ENFIELD TOWN V KINGSTONIAN
3pm AT DONKEY LANE
The football season really started last weekend as the Combined Counties League kick off along with a few other leagues. Tonight also sees a number of games taking place - In the Southern Counties East League Corinthian welcome Lordswood and in the Eastern Counties League Division One Leiston Reserves welcome AFC Sudbury Reserves to Victory Road.
SATURDAY 9th AUGUST 2014
RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION FIXTURES
|BILLERICAY TOWN V GRAYS ATHLETIC|
|CANVEY ISLAND V BOGNOR REGIS TOWN|
|DULWICH HAMLET V HARROW BOROUGH|
|EAST THURROCK UNITED V AFC HORNCHURCH|
|ENFIED TOWN V KINGSTONIAN|
|HENDON V BURY TOWN|
|LEATHERHEAD V PEACEHAVEN AND TELSCOMBE|
|MAIDSTONE UNITED V METROPOLITAN POLICE|
|MARGATE V HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH|
|TONBRIDGE ANGELS V VCD ATHLETIC|
|WINGATE AND FINCHLEY V LEISTON|
|WITHAM TOWN V LEWES|