Trojans begin title defence at Boulevard
Somerset Trojans will open the defence of their Premier Division title away to top-flight newcomers Boulevard at Police Field tomorrow.
The West Enders clinched an unprecedented tenth Premier championship last season and will undoubtedly be looking to launch their defence on the front foot at Boulevard's expense.
Trojans will head into the clash well oiled having already appeared in two Dudley Eve Trophy group matches, and also in the Charity Cup, while their hosts have yet to play a competitive match.
The visitors will go into the contest as the favourites, but cannot afford to take anything for granted against a Boulevard side that will want to launch their campaign on a solid note in front of their own fans.
The match will pit former colleagues Kieshon Smith and Ijahmon Mallory against each other following their summer moves from Hamilton Parish. Smith has replaced Danvers Seymour Jr as head coach of Trojans, while Mallory joined Boulevard, a club his father Gary also played for.
Meanwhile, the season officially gets under way tonight with a double header at Goose Gosling Field.
The opening First Division encounter will see BAA host St David's at 7pm, and that will be followed by the Premier Division match featuring Dandy Town and Robin Hood at 9pm.
Town have already beaten Robin Hood this season, a 2-1 victory in their final Dudley Eve group B match six days ago which left all of the teams in the group level on points with identical goal differences, as well as the same amount of goals scored and conceded.
The BFA had planned a drawing of lots to determine which two teams advance from group B to face either group A winners PHC or runners-up Trojans in the semi-finals.
However, after meeting with representatives from Dandy Town, Robin Hood and Devonshire Cougars the BFA postponed the drawing of lots to allow all of the parties involved more time to “explore other alternatives”.
In remaining Premier matches to be played tomorrow, PHC will host North Village in the game of the day at PHC Field, Southampton Rangers welcome Devonshire Cougars to Southampton Oval, while Hamilton Parish are at home to newly-promoted Devonshire Colts at Wellington Oval.
Tomorrow's First Division fixtures see St George's Colts host Flanagan's Onions at Wellington Oval, Young Men's Social Club face X Roads at their home venue at PHC Field, Ireland Rangers are at home to Somerset Eagles at Malabar Field, while Paget welcome Wolves to Southampton Oval.
Tomorrow's First Division matches start at 12:30pm while kick-off for Premier Division matches is 3pm.