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Derby to kick season off for Blues

Chichester RFC are all set to kick off the new campaign with a home derby against Sussex rivals Horsham tomorrow (3pm).


The Blues had an inconsistent season in London One South last time out, rounding off with a bottom half finish.


Paul Colley’s side will now be tasked with trying to better that this time round, while bringing through a number of younger players from the colts.


Blues have been in good form in a series of pre-season warm-up matches, chalking up victories away at London Two South West side Winchester and Wimbourne.


Now, the competitive action starts – with newly-promoted Horsham providing an interesting test for a fully-fit Chi squad which is raring to go.


London One South finished with a particularly close climax last season with Brighton sneaking into the play-off position ahead of Camberley and Medway in the final match last year.


There are no relegated teams from London South East Premier. But that does not make the division any less competitive.


With four promoted teams, each with their own aspirations and levels of confidence, a league transfer in the form of HAC and heavily Westcombe Park and Camberley investing in recruitment, the challenge is obvious.


Combined with the perennial challenge of Medway and some resurgent teams in the forms of Thurrock and Havant, it is without doubt going to throw up regular challenges to the Blues squad.


In Hampshire Premier, Bognor get their season underway with a home match against Fordingbridge tomorrow (3pm).


The Purple and Greens were among the standout performers in the division last season, pushing for promotion until the last couple of weeks of the season.


In the end, they had to settle for a third-place finish – giving plenty of incentive for the team to improve on that in 2019/20.


Bognor will be boosted with the start of the club’s academy of 16 and 17-year-olds who have recently returned from their first successful trip away.


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