This coming Saturday will see North Leigh FC play at home for the first time this campaign and also under the new management of Craig Dore and Darren James. The Millers, who have moved over to the Central Division for the 2018/19 season, have so far been unbeaten in pre-season with a draw against Ardley United and wins at both Easington Sports and Abingdon Town.
This will however be the first real test for North Leigh as they face Egham Town FC who also play in step 4 of non-league football over in the Isthmian League South Central Divison. Eash of the previous games being played against teams in lower divisions. And although it is still extremely early in the season, it will be a good indicator to both the managers and the fans whether a number of the new youngsters can make the cut against harder oppositions in a tougher league.
The players none the less will be feeling quietly confident off the back of the good run of results. This could be in stark contrast to the confidence of the Eynsham Park visitors who are yet to win a game in their 6 pre-season games. With 4 losses, 2 clean sheets and only 7 goals from those 6 games, their starting XI will surely be desperate to take the victory back to Surrey. It's not all doom and gloom for the visitors though. They have not lost to a margin of more than a single goal and a number of their opponents play in the same league as them. Perhaps their best performance was a 0-0 draw away to Hartley Wintney who finished 34 points above Egham last season and won promotion to the Isthmian Premier Divison after a 1-0 win against Cambridge City in the play-off final.
Egham Town pre-season friendlies:
- Tue 31st Lost 2-1 vs Harrow Borough FC
- Sat 28th Drew 2-2 vs Edgeware Town FC
- Thu 26th Drew 0-0 vs Chertsey Town FC
- Tue 24th Drew 0-0 vs Hartley Wintney FC
- Sat 21st Loss 3-2 vs Met Police FC
- Tue 17th Drew 2-2 vs Abbey Rangers FC
North Leigh pre-season friendlies:
- Tue 31st Win 1-0 vs Abingdon Town FC
- Sat 28th Win 3-0 vs Easington Sports FC
- Fri 20th Drew 1-1 vs Ardley United FC