One of the most exciting things in the pre-season period is the release of the fixtures for our sides for the new season and today has seen the Southern League release their 2021/22 fixture lists.
Naturally when the lists are released you head for the opening game and our sides have decent games to kick us off.
Cinderford Town have a mouth-watering opener at home to Paulton Rovers, whilst Cirencester Town are also at home against Bristol Manor Farm and Slimbridge are away at their friends Larkhall Athletic – with those three games set for Saturday 14th August.
Evesham United kick their campaign off against Mangotsfield United at the Jubilee on Monday 16th August.
Cirencester then follow up with a Tuesday night trip down to Lymington Town, with Cinderford away to Highworth and Slimbridge at home to Winchester City the following evening (Wednesday 18th).
Next when you check the lists you look for Christmas games and the Southern League appears to be having a heavy one, with no games currently scheduled for Boxing Day – but a full card on Monday 27th December.
Cinderford welcome Slimbridge to the Causeway for their Christmas game, whilst Evesham head to the Corinium to take on Cirencester.
New Years Day sees Evesham host Cinderford at the Jubilee, whilst John Brough’s Cirencester head to Highworth.
Slimbridge have a local encounter with Mangotsfield United at Thornhill Park.
The Easter Bank Holiday has a tasty Southern League double header with games on both the Saturday and the Bank Holiday Monday.
Cirencester are away to Bideford on the Saturday and home to Highworth on the Monday, Cinderford are away in Lymington on the Saturday and host Evesham on the Monday.
Evesham welcome Winchester City on the Saturday, whilst Slimbridge host Frome on the Saturday and head to Mangotsfield on the Monday.
The following Saturday sees the final games of the season and a potentially massive fixture as Cirencester Town head to Paulton Rovers.
Cinderford have a trip to Plymouth Parkway whilst Slimbridge and Evesham welcome AFC Totton and Larkhall Athletic respectively.
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So lets take a look at all of the opening dates and key all-Gloucestershire (& Evesham) fixtures. All fixtures subject to change.
Cinderford Town Opening Fixtures
Saturday 14th August – Cinderford Town vs Paulton Rovers
Wednesday 18th August – Highworth Town vs Cinderford Town
Saturday 28th August – Cinderford Town vs Lymington Town
Cirencester Town Opening Fixtures
Saturday 14th August – Cirencester Town vs Bristol Manor Farm
Tuesday 17th August – Lymington Town vs Cirencester Town
Saturday 28th August – Cirencester Town vs Bideford
Evesham United Opening Fixtures
Monday 16th August – Evesham United vs Mangotsfield United
Saturday 28th August – Winchester City vs Evesham United
Slimbrdige Opening Fixtures
Saturday 14th August – Larkhall Athletic vs Slimbridge
Wednesday 18th August – Slimbridge vs Winchester City
Saturday 28th August – Frome Town vs Slimbridge
Gloucestershire (& Evesham) Derbies
Monday 30th August – Evesham United vs Cirencester Town; Slimbridge vs Cinderford Town
Monday 13th September – Evesham United vs Slimbridge
Saturday 16th October – Cirencester Town vs Slimbridge
Saturday 30th October – Cirencester Town vs Cinderford Town
Monday 27th December – Cinderford Town vs Slimbridge; Cirencester Town vs Evesham United
Saturday 1st January – Evesham United vs Cinderford Town
Saturday 8th January – Slimbridge vs Evesham United
Saturday 12th February – Slimbridge vs Cirencester Town
Saturday 26th February – Cinderford Town vs Cirencester Town
Monday 16th April – Cinderford Town vs Evesham United