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It's a different ball game now for Kilburn

PUBLISHED: 13:17 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 24 August 2010

Mick Jennings

Mick Jennings

By Ben Kosky SOUTH Kilburn take a step into unknown territory next Tuesday when they join the semi-professional ranks with a Hellenic League fixture at Binfield. Kilburn have already come a long way in a short space of time – they won their second success

By Ben Kosky

SOUTH Kilburn take a step into unknown territory next Tuesday when they join the semi-professional ranks with a Hellenic League fixture at Binfield.

Kilburn have already come a long way in a short space of time - they won their second successive promotion last year after finishing runners-up to Indian Gymkhana in the Middlesex County League.

But now the club's horizons - to say nothing of their travelling time and expenses - have increased and they will begin life in Division One East with a visit to Berkshire.

In fact, Kilburn are one of only two clubs in the division based inside the M25 - one of the reasons they have agreed a sponsorship deal with management company Crispin and Ball.

On the playing front, former captain and defender Michael O'Toole has returned to the club, while manager Mick Jennings has also added striker Steven Bwanga Eyango to his squad.

"Otherwise, I've kept every player from last year," said Jennings. "This is a new challenge for us.

"We're looking to try and cement ourselves in this division and take it from there."

Kilburn have also moved out of Sudbury Court and will groundshare with Middlesex County League side Broadfields United, with their first home game a derby against Rayners Lane on August Bank Holiday.

Meanwhile, Tokyngton Manor will take their bow on Saturday with a Spartan South Midlands League Division One game away to Luton side Brache Sparta.

The community-based club, who are backed by Brent Council, are also away next Wednesday, against Kings Langley, and play their first home game on August 23, when Stony Stratford Town visit the Viking ground, Greenford.

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