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Yarrow positive about fixture list

PUBLISHED: 16:30 26 May 2015

May & Baker captain Andy Yarrow and player-coach Lewis Pruce with the Essex President's Shield (pic: Rob Stanbridge).

May & Baker captain Andy Yarrow and player-coach Lewis Pruce with the Essex President's Shield (pic: Rob Stanbridge).

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May & Baker captain pleased to get long journeys in London Three North East out of the way

The fixtures for the new London Three North East season were released at the weekend and May & Baker captain Andy Yarrow is pleased despite the amount of travelling his team will have to do over the opening month.

The Essex One champions begin with a long trip to Stowmarket on September 19 before going to West Norfolk on October 3.

Both away fixtures will see the team coach rack up the plenty of miles, but Bakers skipper is happy to get the long journeys out the way.

Yarrow said: “I think that first game at Stowmarket will be a bit of a novelty, playing at such a high level it won’t be a case of us thinking ‘we have to travel all that way’ but more ‘ it is the first game of the season bring it on!’

“The plus side is we get it out of the way and they finished closer to the bottom than the top last year so we aren’t facing one of the top teams.

“Obviously we don’t know what will happen in pre-season, we don’t know what they will be like and haven’t had our AGM yet, but at least this match will be out the way.

“We will have two road trips in the first month of the season, but at that stage everyone is still finding their feet. When teams are travelling to Stowmarket and West Norfolk in December time we will know we have already done those trips so that’s a positive.”

Bakers first home match of the campaign is against Beccles on September 26 and Yarrow is already looking forward to that clash.

He added: “Our first game in the London Three North East will be a great experience and it is a good chance for us to get a big crowd again, maybe to have another lunch.

“Harlow will be our second home game on October 10 and they are going to be a good side. They have come down a couple of leagues, but seem to have found their feet.”

A number of local derbies will add to excitement for Bakers. They host Upminster on November 7 and one match Yarrow looked out for was against Upper Clapton.

The two teams finished first and second in Essex One last year, with Upper Clapton earning promotion via the play-offs.

Yarrow added: “One of the first games I looked out for was facing Upper Clapton just before Christmas - that could be a big night out afterwards!

“I am 100 per cent sure they will recruit in the summer and be stronger again, but we are just happy to be here at the moment, and we are still on holiday mode.

“It has been a long time since we played Upminster too. We used to play them in pre-season called the Windmill Cup so that will be good.

“Last year we were sponsor by a club in Hornchurch and they were sponsored by a club in Hornchurch as well so we saw each other quite a few times and always got on so it will be interesting to see how that translates onto the pitch.”

May & Baker are looking for more sponsorship ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. Anyone interested in helping the club should contact Andy Yarrow on yarrow_ay@hotmail.co.uk.

Fixtures (home matches in capitals):

Sept 19: Stowmarket

Sept 26: BECCLES

Oct 3: West Norfolk

Oct 10: HARLOW

Oct 24: Wanstead

Nov 7: UPMINSTER

Nov 14: Old Brentwoods

Nov 21: SOUTHWOLD

Dec 5: Old Cooperians

Dec 12: Lowestoft

Dec 19: EPPING UPPER CLAPTON

Jan 9: Beccles

Jan 16: WEST NORFOLK

Jan 23: Harlow

Jan 30: WANSTEAD

Feb 13: Upminster

Feb 20: OLD BRENTWOODS

March 5: Southwold

March 19: OLD COOPERIANS

April 2: LOWESTOFT

April 16: Epping Upper Clapton

April 23: STOWMARKET


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