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Whitton Relishing Tough Start

Les Whitton, manager of Ryman League Division One North club Brentwood Town, believes his side's tricky opening-day fixture may well play into their hands.

Brentwood Town will kick off the Ryman League Division One North campaign on August 10 with a trip to face title favourites Maldon & Tiptree.

Maldon were beaten in last season's play-off final after at one stage being 15 points clear at the top of the table, and are the bookies' tip to go one further this time around.

Whitton's (pictured) side are considered mid-table candidates with odds of 16-1, but he believes a tough opener will help his side.

"We don't mind that," he said. "We've got to play them sometime.

"The opening day of the season is always very competitive, everyone wants to win the first game, so it might be a bit of an advantage to go away to one of the top sides and see what we're made of. I'm looking forward to that, then we've got a couple of home games that may be winnable, so it's a good start for us.

"They did well last year, they just missed out and I think they'll be wanting to put that right this year.

"But it's 11 against 11 and we'll give a good account of ourselves.

"You can make of the odds what you want. I think there will be a couple of sides up there but the rest are going to be much of a muchness.

"I think Needham Market will probably be the favourites, Maldon up there with them, Redbridge are spending a lot of money.

"But there's a lot of points to be played for so I think we've got as much chance of taking them as anybody."

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