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Anglian Combination leagues due to get under way on Saturday

Harleston Town will begin their bid for a return to the Thurlow Nunn League set-up on Saturday when they travel to Bradenham Wanderers (2.30pm).

Harleston, who were relegated from Step 6 a couple of seasons ago due to ground grading issues, now have the necessary facilities in place to play at a higher level – including the installation of floodlights.

They begin their Anglian Combination Premier Division 2020/21 campaign at Bradenham – a side they scored 12 goals against in two league meetings last term.

Harleston and Long Stratton will meet in the Premier Division again this season. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Harleston and Long Stratton will meet in the Premier Division again this season. Picture: Mark Bullimore

It has been a busy summer for manager Nicky Howell, who has been joined in the dugout by former Diss Town boss Jon Abbott.

The likes of Matt Cook, Max Lane and Ryan Swift have all been recruited, while the majority of the previous term’s squad have also been retained.

* After several years of progression, Long Stratton will aim to continue that upward trajectory this season, starting with Saturday’s home clash with Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers (2.30pm).

The big news for Stratton, who defeated higher-league Diss 1-0 in a friendly, is that striker James Bemrose has decided to remain with the club .

Since making his senior debut for Stratton during the 2016/17 campaign, the 19-year-old has found the net on a total of 88 occasions – a tally which includes a 37-goal haul in just 26 appearances last season.

* Lee Sturgeon will begin his second campaign in charge of Scole United with the visit of Thorpe St Andrew (2.30pm).

United were 11th when Covid-19 halted the 2019/20 season, having picked up seven points from the last 12 on offer.

* In Division One, there is likely to be a bit of interest in East Harling following a busy summer of transfer activity.

Stacey Lawrence has been active in adding former Diss Town players Charlie Webb, Hayden Pain, Stacey Payne and Reece White to his squad at Church Road.

The Green Army will get under way on Saturday with a trip to Norwich United Under-21s (2.30pm).

* Attleborough Town were enjoying a positive season in third before lockdown, scoring an impressive 64 goals from their 23 outings.

Martyn Fuller’s men will aiming to get off to a positive start on the road at Stalham Town (2.30pm).

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