CAMBS LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Derby date as Brampton host Hemingfords in Kershaw Premier Division opener

Brampton manager Wayne Ambler.

Brampton manager Wayne Ambler. - Credit: Archant

The new Cambs League season kicks off tonight . . . and there’s a tasty Kershaw Premier Division derby clash for starters.

Brampton host Hemingfords United in an all-Huntingdonshire showdown at the Memorial Fields, 6.15pm - and both teams will be going into the new campaign with high hopes of progress.

Brampton are determined to build on a fine 2015/16 season in which they overcame a slow start to finish seventh, just five points off the top three, while also lifting the Hunts Intermediate Cup.

And boss Wayne Ambler reckons he has the squad to continue their year-on-year improvement.

He said: “We always look to better the previous season and that’s the challenge again. We’ve retained our squad and added a couple of very good signings to it so we’re hopeful of progressing.

“We certainly can’t afford to start as poorly as we did last season, though. We need to hit the ground running, starting on Tuesday.”

Frontman Martin Turner, who hit 28 goals for Foxton last season, and midfielder Nick Finney, who helped Great Shelford to the title last term, are notable captures.

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Five of Brampton’s opening six games are at home meanwhile Hemingfords’ first half-a-dozen fixtures are all on the road.

They finished second-bottom last term but survived due to the promotion of Wisbech St Mary and intend to make the most of the reprieve.

Boss John Hughes said: “We’ve had a good pre-season with excellent training and good friendly results.

“The club is in a better position than it was going into last season and we would like to think we can battle for a position in mid-table.”

Former Huntingdon Town goalkeeper Carl Mackney is a fine addition while midfielder Jason King is to play regularly again after a long time out with a knee injury.

Eaton Socon also start their season tonight with a clash of two teams who finished in the top four last term.

Mark Spavins’ men, who were fourth, entertain runners-up Hardwick at the newly-named Mick George Stadium, 6.15pm.