Frenford ready for historic clash with Newbury Forest

PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 August 2018

The latest football news (pic: David Davies/PA)

The latest football news (pic: David Davies/PA)

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Jack Carter Centre outfit will be playing at the highest-ever level in their history this season

Saturday marks a huge milestone in the history for Frenford as they make their debut in the Thurlow Nunn Division One South at home to Newbury Forest.

Last season saw the Jack Carter Centre outfit win promotion from the Essex Olympian Premier Division after finishing second in the table.

Frenford will take their place this term in the newly-formed Thurlow Nunn Division One South, which will be the highest-level they have played at.

The opening day sees them welcome local rivals Newbury Forest, but while the league itself is a step into the unknown for Frenford, manager David Forbes revealed they know plenty about their first opponents.

“We have been quite used to playing Newbury Forest as even when we haven’t been in the same league, we normally play them in friendly,” said Forbes.

“I know (Forest manager) Leo Connolly and (chairman) Ron Dangerfield have worked so hard to get their club to this level too, so it is quite fitting to start with a derby game against them.

“They are a fantastic footballing side and our games normally provide goals and I’m sure this Saturday will be no different.”

Starting the new season in a new division, an early win would do wonders for Frenford’s confidence.

Forbes himself is hoping that the Jack Carter Centre side can start the new term in the best possible fashion by getting the better of Forest on Saturday.

But the Frenford manager admits that history is against his side when it comes to starting a campaign well.

“We generally haven’t been the best starters to a season, but that doesn’t normally define your season ahead,” he added.

“We feel it is very important to have a good start as there are so many new challenges ahead, so everyone is apprehensive about what lies ahead.

“We have three games in seven days to start the campaign, so a good start will allow everyone within the club to settle down and enjoy what lies ahead.”

Frenford are also in action on Tuesday when they visit Benfleet.

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