Dereham Town poised to complete pre-season preparations

Dereham Town boss Neal Simmons. Picture: Rene Kendal

Dereham Town boss Neal Simmons. Picture: Rene Kendal - Credit: Archant

Dereham Town complete their pre-season preparations with two matches in the space of four days at Aldiss Park.

On Friday night they play Mattishall in the annual Tony Barker Cup game (7.45pm).

The Anglian Combination side won the trophy last year so the Magpies will be looking to re-dress the balance.

Then next Monday (August 6) Dereham have what is sure to be a tough work-out when they entertain Norwich City's Under-23 side (7.45pm).

They start their Bostik League North campaign on Saturday, August 11 with an a trip to Aveley.

Manager Neal Simmons has been working hard to strength his squad as the club look to improve on last season's eighth place finish.

Fakenham Town start their league season a week earlier than their neighbours, with their opener at Clipbush Park on Saturday (3pm).

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The Ghosts, now playing in the new Thurlow Nunn League Division One North following last season's relegation, are at home to Ipswich Wanderers, who went down with them.

They then travel to the FDC at Bowthorpe on Tuesday evening to take on Norwich CBS (7.45pm).

Fakenham will be going into the new campaign under Andy Cunningham in good heart, with the club having tweeted: 'With the start of the season fast approaching we are happy to have retained the majority of last season's squad. With a new look, younger squad, retaining the experience of club captain Josh Youngs, Shane Akers and Lewis Sturman amongst others has been crucial. The club is in a good place.'