Steve Jupp, BA11's Club Historian, discusses our start in the league and a first clash against the newly-promoted side.
The Robins will be looking to add a cutting edge to their opening day performance when they travel to Moon Park, home of Southern League newcomers Bemerton Heath Harlequins on Tuesday evening.
It should be an interesting occasion for Reece Rusher who goes up against his former team from whom he joined Frome in January of this year.
After thirty-odd years in the Wessex League, the Salisbury-based club's rapid rise to Step Four status, achieved through back-to-back promotions, has continued this term with two wins out of two; progress in the FA Cup followed by Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at Tavistock.
Danny Greaves warned before the opening goalless encounter with Cribbs of the pitfalls of playing newly-promoted sides, sentiments borne out by last season's 'mixed' results against the six new boys, particularly on the road:
Bashley Lost 0-1 Lost 0-1
Bishops Cleeve Won 2-0 Won 2-0
Exmouth Won 1-0 Lost 0-5
Hamworthy Won 2-0 Lost 2-3
Tavistock Lost 0-4 Lost 3-4
Westbury Won 3-0 Lost 0-1
Tuesday night will herald the first competitive meeting between the sides at first team level though there has been the odd pre-season friendly in years gone by. Those of a certain vintage may remember the Reserves doing battle with Bemerton Athletic (who merged with others to form the current club), back in the early 1970s.
Match Details For those who plan on travelling to the game at Moon Park, tickets can be purchased on the gate with adult tickets priced at £7 and concessions at £3 according to the latest information provided.
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