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Thatcham Town to start new season with a trip to Guernsey

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Yashwa Romeo's Thatcham Town will travel to Guernsey FC when the new Isthmian League South Central Division season begins on Saturday, August 13.

Thatcham will then host Marlow at Waterside Park three days later on Tuesday, August 16.

Over the August bank holiday, the Kingfishers will host Leatherhead on Saturday 27 and then travel to Uxbridge on Monday 29.

Thatcham Town manager Yashwa Romeo
Thatcham Town manager Yashwa Romeo

Thatcham will be at home to Uxbridge on Boxing Day and then travel to Basingstoke Town for the first fixture of 2023.

The Kingfishers final game of the season will see newly promoted Walton and Hersham travel to the Stacatruc Stadium on April 22.

"We're looking forward to Guernsey, I'm pleased with it," said Romeo.

"I'd rather play them in the summer than the winter, we won't have to worry about the weather.

"As long as the baggage handlers are available over there and we can go there and get a win, we'll be singing and dancing."

Last week, Thatcham drew 3-3 with Sheerwater, lost 2-1 to Tadley Calleva and, most recently, won 4-0 at Reading City on Saturday, July 16.

Romeo said: "I'm really pleased with where we're at.

"We've given minutes to a lot of trialists, I want to give opportunities to as many players as possible.

"On Saturday we played a strong team, more players were available.

"It was a good performance, we were dominant, it stands us in good stead."

Young central defender Oli Bourne was on trial with Colchester U23s, but the Essex outfit decided not to offer him a deal.

"It's unfortunate for Oli but he's now available to me, so their loss is our gain," said Romeo.

Romeo is confident he knows who "eight or nine" of his starting 11 will be for Thatcham's curtain raiser.

"We're close, very close, there's two or three positions that are probably still up for grabs," he said.

"I haven't had much chance to look at our forwards yet, but they're with us now so we'll know soon.

"Other than those, I'm very, very confident in terms of the team, I'm quite happy with where we are."

Romeo will be looking to build on a promising spell in charge at the end of last season when he replaced Jamie Leacock in March and guided the Kingfishers to a 12th placed finish.

It's less than three weeks until Thatcham's season begins in Guernsey – Romeo will be hoping for a smooth flight and, of course, three points.

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