United are all kitted out for first friendly

Photo: SM270711-030ow.jpg'Oakham United new football kit sponsored by Perry's Printing and Trophies. From left, Oakham United third team manager David Grieve, under 18's manager Tony Maher, second team manager Karl Seagrave and joint first team manager Pat Johnson.

Photo: SM270711-030ow.jpg'Oakham United new football kit sponsored by Perry's Printing and Trophies. From left, Oakham United third team manager David Grieve, under 18's manager Tony Maher, second team manager Karl Seagrave and joint first team manager Pat Johnson.

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OAKHAM United unveiled their new shirts this week, just in time for their first pre-season friendly at Gretton tomorrow.

United, formed by the merger of Oakham Imps and Rutland Rangers, received their new kits from Perry Printing and Trophies at training on Wednesday evening.

They also learned this week that their first home game of the season will be against 2011 champions Ramsey. The match, scheduled for August 17 comes after Oakham’s opennig game at Alconbury on August 13.

First team boss Andy Saddington said: “It will give us an indication of what we have to do and where we might end up.”

Rutland Rangers struggled in their final season in the Peterborough League, picking up form in the second half of the campaign to avoid relegation, and Saddington added: “We are looking to improve on last year. I’d hope to be in the top half of the league.”

Oakham United are not the only new name in the league’s premier division, which also features Uppingham Town. The 18-strong division also features reserve teams from United Counties League side Deeping Rangers and EvoStik Southern League side St Neots Town.

Uppingham have a run of four home ties to start the season beginning with Coates Athletic on August 13. Ketton begin their division one season with a home tie against Langtoft United, who just missed on promotion last time round.

The new league structure has combined the former reserves’ Combination League within the Peterborough League’s six divisions and Ryhall United will face Oakham United reserves in division three.