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Here we go again

PUBLISHED: 10:11 08 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:02 05 July 2010

ALMOST exactly three months on from the FA Vase Final at Wembley, competitive football returns with a bang to Lowestoft tomorrow as the town's top two sides kick off the new Ridgeons League campaign.

ALMOST exactly three months on from the FA Vase Final at Wembley, competitive football returns with a bang to Lowestoft tomorrow as the town's top two sides kick off the new Ridgeons League campaign.

And after plenty of work off the field during a busy pre-season period, the goals of both Lowestoft Town and Kirkley and Pakefield are very much the same - as they aim to start the new 2008/9 season in style.

Lowestoft entertain promoted Ely at Crown Meadow, while K&P travel to the Abbey Stadium to take on CRC tomorrow.

Yesterday both Nick Shorten and Ady Gallagher revealed that both sets of players were eagerly-awaiting the start of the new season, as they “can't wait to get started.”

Looking forward to the action, joint Blues boss Ady Gallagher told The Journal: “One thing that happened in what was a difficult, traumatic season, is that in our Vase run the players really pulled together to unite - and that same atmosphere remains in our dressing room now. “We have had some varied performances in pre-season but the last two games have seen some real positives emerge from the performances.

“We're looking fit as a side, we're working hard and both Mick and I have been particularly happy with how things have gone,” Gallagher said.

Over the bascule bridge, K&P boss Nick Shorten was also in a “very positive” frame of mind following the club's busy pre-season. “We have finished the stronger side in all of our warm-up games, which reflects very well on the work ethic of the players,” Shorten said. “Our new players have integrated well and have all demonstrated that the objective of improving our playing squad will be delivered.”

And now, with fit squads to choose from, it is Shorten, Chapman and Gallagher that will be having major selection headaches come 2pm tomorrow.

With five new players added to both strong squads, competition for places is set to be fiercely contested. And with a number of sides having also strengthened, the league remains wide-open for what looks set to be the most intriguing campaign in many years.


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