Gorleston and Yarmouth step up preparations for the new season

Gorleston and Yarmouth renew their rivalries on the pitch tomorrow, albeit fleetingly, when they meet in the fourth annual Sailor Brown tournament at Emerald Park, before going their different ways on the league front.

A Gorleston XI will line up alongside current holders Cromer, a Yarmouth XI, Woodbridge Athletic, Corton and Waveney Athletic in a salute to the Greens’ former England hero.

There will also be a youth tournament taking place on the training pitch at the same time. It all starts at 10:30.

Another Gorleston squad will travel to Sheringham tomorrow afternoon to play their fourth friendly. On Tuesday night the Greens travel to North Walsham, who beat Yarmouth 2-0 at the weekend.

Richard Daniels’ Geens start their Thurlow Nunn ECL Premier Division campaign at Mildenhall next Saturday before they entertain Norwich United on the Tuesday and Felixstowe the following Saturday.

Yarmouth Town entertain Hemel Hempstead tomorrow (3) and Kirkley and Pakefield on Wednesday (7.45) before a trip to Stalham on Thursday and their First Division campaign start at Long Melford next Saturday.

The Bloaters face away games for the first four games, including visits to Fakenham (August 7), First Division newcomers Braintree Town Res (August 18) and a midweek trip to Debenham LC (August 21) before the first home game against Team Bury (September 4). Fellow new team to the division Saffron Walden visit the Wellesley on October 13 in a run of fixtures that sees seven home and two away games. There are no Boxing Day or New Year’s Day fixtures but the last three games of the year sees fellow Norfolk side Fakenham Town (December 15) and Downham Town (December 29) visit the Wellesley in between a visit to Swaffham Town (December 22).

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Mike Derbyshire’s squad travel to Stowmarket Town (January 12) for the first game of 2013 followed by a visit to fellow relegated side Newmarket Town (January 19). Yarmouth’s last four fixtures start at Easter with fixtures at home to Ipswich W (March 30) and Team Bury away (April 1) before the season with the final home game against Long Melford (April 13) and finishing the season with at Brightlingsea Regent (April 20) The fixtures for the Thurlow Nunn Reserve Premier League have been released.

Yarmouth Reserves, managed by Lee Hackleton and Trevor Bullent, start with trips to Heybridge Swifts (August 25), Maldon and Tiptree (Sept 1) and FC Clacton (Sept 8) before the only planned midweek game at home to Dereham Town on September 18.

Local rivals Gorleston (Oct 6) visit the Wellesley before the new year, as do Lowestoft (Nov 24) who are new to the reserve league this season.

The Bloaters travel to Lowestoft’s Crown Meadow stadium in the final game of 2012 on December 29, with the return visit to Gorleston’s Emerald Park planned for February 9.

The final three games of the season are at home with Witham Town (Mar 2), Brightlingsea Regent (Mar 23) and Haverhill Rovers (Apr 6) all travelling to the Wellesley.