The Bostik Premier League’s overwhelming title favourites Billericay Town come face to face with an old friend on the first day of the new season.
The fixtures have today been released and Glenn Tamplin’s Blues will welcome Kingstonian – and their form manager Craig Edwards.
The Ks boss quit last season but says he “wishes the club and the people nothing but luck” as Tamplin pours his personal fortune into the club.
Staines Town ended last season in great form and they face a tough test on day one with a trip to Dulwich Hamlet.
Dulwich manager Gavin Rose says he “sees no reason why” the club can’t challenge for the title this season after more playoff heartache last May, losing to Bognor Regis in the final.
Dorking Wanderers won the South’s playoffs and make the long trip to Leiston, who have strengthened well this summer. Needham Market came off one of their best seasons ever and tackle Burgess Hill.
Sammy Moore’s Leatherhead revolution begins with a difficult match but they have home advantage against Lowestoft.
Two teams promoted from Step 4 come together as Ryman South champions Tooting & Mitcham United open the doors to Brightlingsea Regent, the winners of the North.
Terrors manager Frank Wilson told us recently that the Bostik Premier “holds no fears” for Tooting as the club return to Step 3.
New Enfield Town manager Andy Leese starts at home too, against Folkestone Invicta and Harrow Borough play Harlow Town.
Hayden Bird’s Merstham host Wingate & Finchley, Tonbridge play Hendon while fancied Margate go to promoted Thurrock.
Steve Watt has added some quality to his squad as the Gate look to secure an instant return to the National League South.