The Peacocks begin their pre-season schedule with a trip to Bitton tomorrow evening (5th July), ko 7.45pm. The game against the Western League Premier Division side gives Town fans their first opportunity to see their team in action since the landmark day of 23rd April when the title was secured on the final day of last season and with it, promotion to the National League South.
With anticipation already starting to mount ahead of the League fixtures being released on Wednesday morning, Rob Dray’s team will look to shake off their summer cobwebs against a Bitton outfit which ended 2021-22 in 13th place in the Western Premier and are captained by former Peacock Charlie Hitchings.
Town will be without centre half Jake Wannell plus new signings Will Tunnicliff and Nat Jarvis who are all on holiday, but the squad will include several new faces including defender Dan Ball and striker Dave Sims-Burgess plus some trialists while there is the welcome return of Ollie Chamberlain and Lee Lucas.
Ground: The D.L Brickwork Stadium, Bath Road, Bitton, Bristol BS30 6HX
Ground to Ground: 60.7 miles (via M5)
Directions: At junction 19 of the M4, exit onto M32 toward Ring Rd/A4174/Bristol (C). At junction 1, take the A4174 exit to Ring Rd, then at the roundabout take the 1st exit onto A4174. At Wick Roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A4174. Continue on A4174 at Lyde Green Roundabout, Rosary Roundabout, Dramway Roundabout and Siston Hill Roundabout. At Deanery Rd Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Deanery Rd/A420. Continue to follow A420. Take 3rd right onto Tower Rd North, then at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Tower Road South. Go through 1 roundabout before Tower Road South turns slightly right and becomes Cowhorn Hill which then becomes West Street. Turn right onto Barry Road/A4175 and follow the road before taking the first exit at the roundabout onto Bath Road/A431. Keep on A431 across first roundabout and ground is on the right opposite garden centre.
Admission: Adults £3, Children Free
Last meeting: The Peacocks last met Bitton in a behind closed doors pre-season friendly on 14th August 2020, winning 4-3. Relive the match highlights HERE