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It’s the opening day of the season for both Wisbech Town and March Town Football Clubs next Saturday.

Wisbech begin the campaign with two home fixtures. This weekend their first game of the ChromaSport United Counties League Premier Division season is against Harborough Town and on Tuesday they host Eynesbury Rovers.

The week after the Fenmen go to Sleaford in the FA Cup.

Meanwhile in the Thurlow Nunn League Division One, the Hares entertain Stowmarket Town. Then they go to Saffron Walden on Tuesday night and travel to Braintree on Saturday, August 16.

Wisbech boss Dick Creasey said his side will be depleted against Harborough but he wants six points from the first two games “without a shadow of a doubt,” adding: “We’ve got a lot of teachers in the team or whose wives are schoolteachers but we’re ready to play a competitive game.”

Creasey is quietly confident of a good season.

The UCL Fan Zone (which can be accessed via Twitter, ‏@UCLFanZone) tips the Fenmen – who ended up seventh last term following a season of transition with a new league and a change of management – to finish third out of 21.

They said: “With experienced head Dick Creasey now in charge plus with the squad strengthened with the likes of Danny Beaumont they could go close.”

Holbeach United are tipped to be champions, while AFC Rushden & Diamonds are the choice for runners-up.

New joint Hares boss Chris Bartlett said no specific targets are being set for his squad: “A lot of people have said we should aim for the top ten.

“We’ll set the players targets in two or three game stints.”

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