Marketmen start with home fixture

RIDGEONS Premier Division champions Needham Market will start their first ever campaign at Step Four with a home game against Thamesmead Town on August 21 after the delayed fixtures were released.

The Marketmen then travel to Tilbury in midweek. Fellow Suffolk rivals AFC Sudbury travel to Redbridge on opening game followed by a midweek game at home to Ware.

The two sides will meet at Bloomfields the day after Boxing Day with the reverse at the MEL Stadium on Easter Monday. Fellow Essex rivals Heybridge Swifts start at home to Tilbury while Maldon & Tiptree are at Potters Bar Town.

Heybridge then travel to Waltham Abbey midweek while Maldon start their home campaign against Grays Athletic who last season were competing in the Conference Premier. Heybridge and Maldon meet the day after Boxing Day and on Easter Monday.

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