RUGBY: Derbies just the ticket for Ojomoh

Wiltshire Times: Trowbridge coach Steve Ojomoh Trowbridge coach Steve Ojomoh

TROWBRIDGE coach Steve Ojomoh reckons his side’s back-to-back derby start to the 2014-15 season will be the ideal way to maintain the momentum created by last month’s Twickenham triumph and their promotion success.

The RFU Intermediate Cup champions host county rivals Chippenham on the opening day of the South West One East season on September 6, before making the short trip to neighbours Devizes a week later.

Ojomoh, whose side beat Aylesbury to secure their place in the division a week before seeing off Leek to win the national trophy in Twickenham, said: “It just gets better doesn’t it?

“These are the sort of games the players want to play in.

“We’re very excited because they are all good teams and we’ll be playing against guys we know. It’s fantastic.’’ Elsewhere, Dorset & Wilts One North champions Bradford on Avon will kick off their campaign in Southern Counties South by travelling to Bath side Walcot on September 13.

Corsham are at home on their opening day in the same division and host Wimborne at Lacock Road.

There is a mouthwatering opening-day derby in Dorset & Wilts One North, with Melksham hosting last season’s Two North champions Marlborough.

In One South, Warmin-ster hit the road on the opening day to face Bournemouth 2nd, while Westbury will kick off their campaign at home to Sherborne 2nd.

OPENING LEAGUE FIXTURES

September 6

South West One East: Newbury Blues v Maidenhead, Reading v Leighton Buzzard, Swindon v Grove, Towcestrians v Devizes, Trowbridge v Chippenham, Windsor v Buckingham, Witney v Bletchley.

Saturday, September 13

Southern Counties South: Corsham v Wimborne, Salisbury v Frome, Sherborne v Midsomer Norton, Supermarine v North Dorset, Swanage & Wareham v Dorchester, Walcot v Bradford-on-Avon

Dorset & Wilts One North: Chippenham II v Swindon II, Combe Down v Minety, Cricklade v Pewsey Vale, Devizes II v Trowbridge II, Fairford v Calne, Melksham v Marlborough Dorset & Wilts One South: Bournemouth II v Warminster, Frome II v Dorset Dockers, Lytchett Minster v Ivel Barbarians, North Dorset II v Blandford, Westbury v Sherborne II, Wimborne II v Oakmeadians

Dorset & Wilts Two North: Avonvale v Chippenham III, Bath Saracens v Corsham II, Bradford on Avon II v Swindon College Old Boys II, Colerne v Melksham II, Sutton Benger v Royal Wootton Bassett II, Trowbridge III v Supermarine II.

Dorset & Wilts 3 North: Devizes III v Calne II, Royal Wootton Bassett III v Melksham III, Supermarine III v Westbury II, Swindon III v Minety II, Trowbridge IV v Alfred's Nomads, Warminster II v Combe Down II.

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