Purton FC - Wiltshire Senior League (Step 7)
Purton, who I have seen play a couple of times (Purt Symmetry, Late Drama), should start the competition as group favourites as the highest ranked team in the group. However, they open the group with a very local derby, against Redhouse who they share a ground with, and we all know that local derbies can be unpredictable. Prior to joining the Wiltshire League for the 2017-18 season, Purton spent many years at Step 6 in the Hellenic League structure.
Redhouse FC - Swindon & District Premier (Step 8)
Redhouse won the SDFL Division Two title in 2019 and, because of the league restructure down to two divisions, gained promotion to the Premier League. Their first season in the top flight, curtailed after 13 games, saw them amass four wins, including a whopping 12-0 defeat of bottom side Regent FC. Last season they only managed to get 7 games played but had managed to go unbeaten, winning 4 and drawing 3, although 6 of these games were at home.
Nalgo Sports - Swindon & District Premier (Step 8)
Sports have been around since 2016 and originally played under the name FC Dorcan. Under that name they finished second to Tawny Owl in only their second season. In the 2019-20 season they were also sitting second when the season came to a premature close. Last season was not looking so promising and they had only managed 2 wins from 7 games when the season was shutdown.
Mildly Interesting Fact - In my much younger days I played a few games for Nalgo Wolverhampton during a brief spell working at the local Council offices.
Swindon AFC - Swindon & District Division 1 (Step 9)
Like Nalgo Sports, Swindon AFC were also formed in 2016. When last season came to its abrupt end they were sitting pretty sit the top of Division 1, unbeaten and seven points clear after scoring 35 goals and conceding just 5 in their 10 games. So, although they are the underdogs of the group, they were clearly in form during the season and will, no doubt, fancy their chances of causing an upset along the way. Whilst their match-up with Nalgo will not be as local a derby as the Purton v Redhouse game, the clubs are still less than 2 miles apart.
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