TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION ONE PREVIEW: Derby showdowns dominate fixtures

WEATHER permitting, teams from the Trowbridge Windows & Conservatories-sponsored Trowbridge & District Football League will make welcome return to action this coming Saturday following their two-week winter break and for a few clubs, they will see action for the first time since November.

All four games in the division can be classed as local derbies with North Bradley hosting leaders Boomsbury, who until earlier this season shared the Southwick Road pitch.

Boomsbury beat their hosts 4-2 when the sides last met and they should kick off the New Year with another victory over Paul Ranger’s outfit as they look to consolidate their slender advantage at the summit.

Bradford United, whose last outing finished with them claiming a 3-0 win over title candidates Westbury United Reserves, are scheduled to host near neighbours Freshford United.

The visitors to Culver Close would be expecting to take the points but with Anthony Ottaviano’s side hoping to start 2013 as they finished last year, the teams may have to settle for a point from what should be a close game.

Second placed, Melksham Town Reserves make a short trip to take on Seend United and the visitors, who have yet to drop any points against their hosts, should be in line for another victory over Mike Hopkins side.

With a number of former Melksham players in their line up, Seend will be hoping to inflict their guests with their first loss of the season - for that to happen they will have to produce something special, which will be a big ask as Melksham are tipped to extend their unbeaten run to eight games.

Warminster Town Reserves have made a promising start to life in the division but Andy McFarren’s youngsters will be given a tough test by local rivals Westbury United Reserves, who will be looking for an immediate return to winning ways after their surprise loss before Christmas to Bradford United.

Warminster, who have taken points off Semington and Seend and have narrowly lost to both of the top two sides, will go into the game as underdogs but could come out of the clash at Weymouth Street with something for their efforts.

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