FOOTBALL: Home start for Bradford in Toolstation League top flight

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: FOOTBALL: Home start for Bradford in Toolstation League top flight FOOTBALL: Home start for Bradford in Toolstation League top flight

BRADFORD Town will start life in the Toolstation League Premier Division with a home clash against Brislington on Saturday, August 9.

Paul Shanley's men, the runaway winners of the First Division last season, step up a level this term and also face Bristol opposition in their second match, away at Hallen on Tuesday, August 12 (7.45pm).

Darren Perrin's Melksham Town kick off their campaign away at Bridport on August 9, followed by a home fixture against Bishop Sutton on Monday, August 11.

The two Wiltshire sides will meet each other for the first time next season - a repeat of last season's Wiltshire Senior Cup final which Melksham won - on Boxing Day at Melksham, with the return on Good Friday (April 3) next year.

The fixtures for the First Division are expected to be released this weekend.

Melksham opened their friendly campaign with a 5-2 success at local rivals Westbury United, for whom  Mark Young  and Matt Mead scored.

Gary Higdon netted a hat-trick for Melksham, Nick Ridout also among the scorers.

Devizes Town pre-season campaign started with a 3-0 defeat to Southbrook, while Pewsey Vale lost by a single goal to Purton.

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