Champions Hadleigh start their Thurlow Nunn Premier Division campaign with a trip to Fakenham Town, as Premier Division fixtures are released

Hadleigh United, Eastern Counties League Premier Division champions 2013/14

Hadleigh United, Eastern Counties League Premier Division champions 2013/14 - Credit: Archant

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division champions Hadleigh United will start the defence of their title at newly-promoted Fakenham Town on August 9.

The Ghosts won promotion last season and are sure to provide Stuart Crawford’s side with a stiff test on opening day – the Premier Division fixtures being announced this morning.

There are some intriguing ties with the other newly-promoted teams, Ipswich Wanderers and Whitton United facing Diss Town (at home) and Haverhill Rovers (away) respectively.

Felixstowe & Walton, who enjoyed such a successful 2014/14 season, start their campaign at home with a tough assignment against Norwich United, while Mildenhall and Brantham go head to head at the Recway.

The first midweek league action of the Premier Division campaign sees Hadleigh making their first home League appearance since they clinched the title on the final day of last season with victory over Mildenhall Town – their opponents on Tuesday, August 12 are Wivenhoe Town.

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There is sure to be a big crowd at King George V, in Ipswich as Whitton entertain Ipswich Wanderers on the same night, while another tasty-looking clash on the same evening is Brantham v Felixstowe & Walton.

Christmas fixtures take place on Boxing Day and Saturday, December 27.

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The First Division fixtures are to be released later.

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Opening day fixtures

Saturday, August 9

Ely v Walsham, Fakenham v Hadleigh, FC Clacton v Thetford, Felixstowe & Walton v Norwich United, Godmanchester v Kirkley & Pakefield, Gorleston v Wivenhoe, Haverhill v Whitton, Ipswich Wanderers v Diss Town, Mildenhall v Brantham, Newmarket v Stanway.

Tuesday, August 12

Brantham v Felixstowe & Walton, Diss v Gorleston, Ely v Fakenham, Hadleigh v Wivenhoe, Haverhill v Newmarket, Kirkley v Norwich United, Stanway Rovers v FC Clacton, Thetford v Walsham, Whitton v Ipswich Wanderers.

Wednesday, August 13

Godmanchester v Mildenhall Town.

Boxing Day, December 26

Kirkley & Pakefield v Gorleston, Walsham v Haverhill

Saturday, December 27

Brantham v Stanway, Diss v Thetford, Ely v Godmanchester, Fakenham v Norwich United, Hadleigh v Felixstowe & Walton, Ipswich Wanderers v Whitton, Mildenhall v Newmarket, Wivenhoe v FC Clacton

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