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Ryman League season ready for kick-off
6:00am Saturday 10th August 2013 in Sport
MALDON & TIPTREE will look to put last season’s play-off final penalty shoot-out defeat behind them when they kick-off the new Ryman One North campaign at home to Brentwood.
Boss Terry Spillane has been pleased with his side’s pre-season form and hopes new signings Jack Stevenson and Leon Mckenzie can fire them to promotion.
HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS will also be aiming to improve on last year’s seventh-place finish and they start with a trip to newly-promoted Dereham Town.
It’s a journey manager Mark Hawkes is glad to get out of the way early in the season.
“It’s the longest trip we’ll have to make this season in the league, so it’s good to get it out the way,” he said.
“They’ll want to keep their momentum going but we’re going to be thinking the same thing,” said Hawkes.
Another team that experienced play-off heartache last season were WITHAM TOWN.
They finished fourth in the league but were dumped out by eventual winners Thamesmead Town.
Boss Garry Kimble will be urging his players to rectify their current patchy pre-season form, starting at Tilbury.
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