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Date: 11-07-2008 First friendly off
The new season hasn't even started yet and we already have the first postponed game.  Not to worry though because this is just a meaningless friendly.

Tomorrows game at Redditch has been a victim of a typical British summer and their ground is waterlogged.  The game will not be re-arranged either so we'll have to wait for Monday evening when Hereford Utd come swaggering into town.

I've been away from these rain swept shores for the past week and have spent time on the rain swept Italian shores instead.  In that time the fixtures have been released and there has been a bit of player activity but not with new names coming in.

With the fixtures we will be having the first game at home yet again and again we will be entertaining one of the new boys.  Lewes, promoted as Champions, from the Blue Square South will be our visitors and will be hoping to put one over us just as St Albans did two seasons ago when they played us in their first ever BSQ Premier game.

Johnny Mullins That game is followed by two away games at Cambridge Utd on the Tuesday and then we visit another almost new boy when we return to Mansfield's Field Mill ground for a game that should make it seem like the old days.    They came down from the League last season and are still a club in turmoil with the fans in conflict with the board and players leaving in droves.  The former Harrier, John Mullins, is no longer there having signed for Stockport County.

Our Christmas games have turned out to be against Forest Green again after everyone expected it to be against newly relegated Wrexham.  We are at home on Boxing Day and down in Nailsworth for New Years Day.  In between those two games we have to long trip down to Torquay on Sunday December 28th.

The Bank Holiday games in August and Easter will both be against Burton Albion and we finish the season at home to another new side, Kettering, on April 25th.

We have had no new players but we look to be on the verge of losing one.  Russ Penn is being thrust into the faces of other clubs in an effort to get some more transparent money in.  Walsall have already been turned down after offering a fee believed to be around 30,000 but might come back with a money plus player offer.

Mark Creighton will also be missing for a period of time at the start of the season after tearing his achilles tendon on the first day of training. The new Physio said that he would miss pre-season but I think it could well be September before we see him again.

In other news the former Harrier James Constable has been sent out on a season long loan to Oxford Utd after turning down a chance to return to Aggborough on a similar deal.  We'll be renewing our acquaintance with him on 13th September when Oxford play here.


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