Sunday 8th September sees the start of a new Bracknell Town & District Sunday League Season that will include a number of changes from a smaller Premier Division to the introduction of sin bins.
- The Premier Division, without Finchampstead Athletic following their recent withdrawal from the League, will comprise of 8 teams playing each other three times
- Division 2 sees the return of William Twigg to the League
- Division 4 returns to a full compliment of 10 teams, playing each other twice
- Teams using Wokingham pitches getting to grips with the new on-line pitch booking system
- Teams acquainting themselves with a plethora of Law changes including the introduction of “SIN BINS”
The day also sees the traditional league curtain raiser as last season’s two top goal-scorers, Berks County and Braybrooke Athletic, compete for the Dave Scovell Memorial (Goals) Trophy.
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In the Premier Division FC Fernhill, bidding to win their 7th Premier Division title, open with a tough looking away trip to Morale Madrid. Elsewhere Bracknell Rangers, who finished last season strongly (as WAB) open with a home fixture against Panthers whilst elsewhere there’s a “Crem Derby” where last season’s runners-up Crowthorne Inn take on newly promoted and reigning Division 1 Champions Loveman United.
Top-billing in Division 1 sees Bracknell Athletic tale on newly promoted and League Junior Cup holders Woodley Saints. Elsewhere Athletico Forest, starting their second season with the league, entertain Wokingham & Emmbrook TMW, Winkfield play promoted and reigning Division 2 Champons Sandhurst FF whilst the fixture between Athletico Ascot and Crowthorne FC completes the Division’s opening day programme.
The most interesting fixture in Division 2 sees newly promoted and reigning Division 3 Champions Bearwood Wanderers travel to play Panthers Reserves. Other fixtures see Newbold (formerly Moore close Manor) host promoted Bracknell Cavaliers, whilst Ashridge Park Royals host Winnersh Rangers.
Pick of the 5 fixtures in Division 3 sees newly promoted and reigning Division 4 Champions AFC Dukes (formerly Crownwood Dukes) host Running Horse whilst Silver Birch take on newcomers Bracknell Spartans.
Division 4’s opening round of fixtures throws up the interesting one between AFC Dukes Reserves and newcomers FC Showcase (joining from the Reading Sunday League). Elsewhere, Bracknell Cavaliers Reserves, who pushed the top two all the way last season, host Finchampstead Athletic A.
Important cup dates
- Berks & Bucks Sunday Intermediate Cup round 1 – Sunday 15th September
- Berks & Bucks Sunday Junior Cup round 1 – Sunday 22nd September
- Berks & Bucks Sunday Junior Trophy round 1 – Sunday 29th September
- League Senior & Junior Cup round 1 – Sunday 6th October
Football in Berkshire wish all teams every success and enjoyment in the new season!
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