Wokingham and Emmbrook FC, Finchampstead and Woodley United discover opponents for opening day of the new season

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Wokingham and Emmbrook will begin life back in Hellenic Division 1 East at Didcot Town Reserves

WOKINGHAM and Emmbrook will kick-off the new Hellenic Division 1 East season away at Didcot Town Reserves.

New boss Clive McNelly will take the Sumas, relegated from the Premier Division last term, to the Draycott Engineering Stadium for the curtain raiser on Saturday, August 13 (3pm).

Because Lowther Road is used by Emmbrook and Bearwood Cricket Club over the summer months, Wokingham will play their first batch of matches on the road and their second game of the campaign will also take place in Oxfordshire.

Hosting this fixture on Saturday, August 20, will be Chinnor.

Chinnor will also be the opposition for Finchampstead on the opening day of the season (3pm).

They too play away from home at the beginning of the year due to the Memorial Ground being occupied by the village’s cricket team, with Jon Laugharne’s charges then travelling to The Playing Field for a game with Chalfont Wasps the following week.

New boss Michael Herbert will get his first taste of competitive action with Woodley United at Scours Lane, where they entertain Headington Amateurs on matchday one.

The side then travels to Tithe Farm Stadium for a clash with Rayners Lane on August 20.

United, meanwhile, have landed a home tie in the FA Vase.

They will take on Ardley United of the Premier Division in what is an all-Hellenic League affair, with the First Round Qualifying contest due to take place on Saturday, September 10.

Another Premier Division side, Tuffley Rovers, lay in wait in the following round.

The 2016/17 season begins much earlier for Binfield, who start on a Tuesday night and against a familiar opponent.

They will be guests of newly-promoted Henley Town on Tuesday, August 2 (7.45pm).

The two sides last met back in May at Madejski Stadium, where then Division 1 East side Town went on to win the Reading Senior Cup thanks to a 5-3 success after extra time.

The following weekend will see Roger Herridge’s side begin their venture in the FA Cup, where up first for the Moles is a home fixture against North Greenford United in the Extra Preliminary Round on August 6.

Get past the Combined Counties League side and Hill Farm Lane will be the venue once again for a clash with Kidlington, who are now a Southern League side following promotion last season.

Buckingham Athletic of the Spartan Midlands League will be the opposition and hosts in the club’s opening game in the FA Vase on September 10.

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