AFC Boars and Flaunden ready to battle in out in the BSFL curtain-raiser

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The Berkhamsted Sunday League starts its 48th season on Sunday with the traditional curtain-raiser of the Brian Williamson Memorial Trophy – pitting the Premier Division champions against the Steve Norwood Challenge Cup winners.

The two competing teams are AFC Boars and Flaunden FC, with the match being played at Vauxhall Road, the home of Hemel Hempstead Town FC, at 11am.

The Brian Williamson Memorial Trophy was first competed for in the 1969/70 season and its list of winners and runners-up includes some famous old club names from the past.

In more recent times, the ever-impressive AFC Boars have played in five matches – winning two of those – while Flaunden are making their debut appearance in the curtain-raiser.

The BSFL league season itself kicks-off in earnest with a few matches taking place on Sunday, August 31.

Full fixtures begin the following Sunday when most pitches will be available for use.

However, the league have been forced to drop one division from the five that were operated last season due to a reduced number of teams signing up for the new campaign.

With Sunday league football appearing to be on a rapid decline – not only in Hertfordshire but all over the country – the BSFL league officers are pleased that they still have enough teams to form four Divisions.

The BSFL remains one of the strongest and well-supported leagues in the county.

The league officers are also grateful to Hemel Town FC for making their ground available for the Brian Williamson memorial Trophy.