First team pre-season friendly update

First team pre-season friendly update

By Gary Brigden
23rd May
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Pre-season schedule now complete


It's an early start for the lads this season, as they face their first pre-season game at the end of June, before heading into six games in July, and the eventual kick off to the season on the 3rd August.

Anyone wanting to watch the lads in action will not have to far to travel, with six of the games taking place at Sutton Utd, and just one on the road.

First up on Friday 28th June, it's a hell of a test for the boys as they will host a full strength Tonbridge Angels side, who will be building up for their campaign in the National League South division, after winning last season's Super Play-Off final. Tonbridge are managed by Steve McKimm, and his son Elliott plays for our Bostik U18 side.

Next up, and it is a repeat of last seasons friendly, as we host Southern Combination Division 1 side Arundel, again at Gander Green Lane. Arundel had a tough season last year, succumbing to relegation from the Southern Combination Premier Division, however in the FA Cup they knocked out our champions, and FA Vase winners Chertsey Town, picking up an emphatic 4-1 win. This game will be played on the 6th July.

The following week, and once again it is old friends, as we host Newhaven for the annual fixture between the two sides. Like ourselves Newhaven had an excellent season last year, finishing 4th in the Southern Combination Premier Division. These games are normally entertaining encounters, with plenty of goals. This match will be played on the 13th July

Two days later and we welcome Step 3 Corinthian Casuals, for what is another regular fixture. The relationship these sides have built up over the last few seasons has been excellent, and its always good to welcome James Bracken and his squad over. Last season we had a few Casuals players on loan at various times, whilst a number of our 23's turned out for their Suburban League side.

The 20th July sees our one away fixture, as we head down to the south coast to take on Southern Combination Premier division side East Preston. The two sides have never previously met, but we know how strong the Southern Combination league is, and this will be another tough encounter.

It's back to Sutton Utd on the 22nd, and we host Combined Counties Division One side Frimley Green in our penultimate fixture. Frimley finished runners up last season, and were harshly denied promotion when a third placed side from another region took the last spot. No doubt they will be aiming for one better this season.

Finally on the 26th we host a Sutton Utd XI, in a rematch of last seasons Surrey Cup tie, this again should be another tough fixture for the lads, and will set them up nicely for the first league game on the 3rd August.

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