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Groundhopper Day is a treat for fans
12:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in Non-league football
NON-LEAGUE fans are in for a treat today with the staging of the first Essex Groundhopper Day.
Three Thurlow Nunn League premier division fixtures are being held at staggered times to give casual spectators the chance to over-dose on their football fix.
WIVENHOE TOWN get proceedings under way with a high noon kick-off at home to Felixstowe & Walton United.
Jack Cawley has left the Dragons after just one game at the Maple Tree Cars Stadium - in which he scored from distance - to join AFC Sudbury.
But the Dragons have re-signed Ben Parkin from Stanway Rovers in a swap deal that has taken Michael Schofield to The Hawthorns.
FA Cup heroes FC CLACTON then take centre stage, with Newmarket Town paying a visit to the Rush Green Bowl (3pm).
Then comes arguably the highlight - in the sense that if features two teams from our area - as BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT do battle with STANWAY ROVERS at 6pm.
The sides have already played each other twice in quick succession - once in the league at The Hawthorns, when Brightlingsea won 2-1, and once in the FA Vase, when Regent prevailed 3-0.
Today’s fixture will also be the first for new Rovers boss Angelo Harrop, who was appointed on Wednesday.
Second-placed Brightlingsea will be looking to maintain the stunning form that has gleaned six wins from their opening nine.
Boss James Webster is hoping striker Terry Rymer will be fit, but Jake Turner is unavailable and Charlie Thompson is out with a head injury suffered while playing for the Colne Football Academy.
“We’re expecting a really tough game, as everyone at Stanway will be out to impress their new manager,” said Webster.
To mark the Groundropper Day, Brightlingsea will be giving away copies of a special matchday programme and giving away a free cup of tea to full-paying adults.
Elsewhere in the premier division, BRANTHAM ATHLETIC head to Haverhill Rovers In division one, HALSTEAD TOWN host Fakenham while BRAINTREE TOWN RESERVES entertain Team Bury.
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