Moseley will kick off their 2008-09 campaign in high summer at home to London Welsh, it was revealed yesterday following the production of next season's National League fixtures.
The Birmingham side welcome the Exiles to Billesley Common on August 30, a week before they travel to Newbury and a fortnight ahead of the visit of Coventry in as kind a season start as the Red and Blacks could have wished for.
With Otley and beleaguered Rotherham also to play in the first six matches, Ian Smith's men have been presented with an outstanding opportunity to make a positive start to their campaign - a fact that often shapes the direction of entire seasons. There is also the restoration of the traditional Christmas derby with Coventry, with Mose due to travel to Butts Park Arena on December 27 although the downside is a difficult run-in with matches against Leeds Carnegie, who have just been relegated from the Premiership, and Bedford as two of their last three matches. Moseley end their campaign at newlypromoted Manchester in what will be their first visit to Grove Park since the last day of the 20004-05 season when they lost but went up as National Two champions. They will start their assault on the National Trophy in the fourth round which will be held on January 17.
Meanwhile, Pertemps Bees, who have yet to have their relegation from the First Division rubber-stamped, begin life in National Two with a difficult match at Redruth on September 6.
Their second game is an intriguing local derby at home to Stourbridge - who narrowly missed out on promotion this term - a match that will see several players taking on their old teams. The return match at Stourton Park is five days before Christmas before Bees finish on April 25, 2009 at home to Redruth though whether that will be at Sharmans Cross Road or Damson Park is not yet clear. For their part Stour open at Cambridge and take on the same side on the final day. Coventry have a difficult start at Plymouth Albion followed by a visit from Cornish Pirates. They end at Meadow Lane against this year's third-placed team Nottingham.
* Provisional Moseley National One Fixtures 2008-09
30 August 2008 London Welsh (h); 6 Sept New-bury (a); 13 Sept Coventry (h); 20 Sept Exeter (a); 27 Sept Otley (h); 4 Oct Rotherham (a); 11 Oct Nottingham (h); 18 Oct Plymouth (a); 26 Oct Cornish Pirates (a); 1 Nov Esher (h); 8 Nov Sedgley Park (a); 15 Nov Doncaster (h); 22 Nov Leeds (a); 29 Nov Bedford (a); 6 Dec Manchester (h); 13 Dec London Welsh (a); 20 Dec Newbury (h); 27 Dec Coventry (a); 3 Jan 2009, Exeter (h); 10 Jan Otley (a); 24 Jan Rotherham (h); 1 Feb Nottingham (a); 14 Feb Plymouth (h); 21 Feb Cornish Pirates (h); 7 Mar Esher (a); 14 Mar Sedgley Park (h); 28 Mar Doncaster (a); 4 Apr Leeds (h); 11 Apr Bedford (h); 25 Apr Manchester (a).
* Provisional selected National Two fixtures
6 Sept 2008 Redruth v Bees, Cambridge v Stourbridge; 13 Sept Bees v Stourbridge; 20 Sept Cambridge v Bees, Stourbridge v Mounts Bay; 27 Sept Blaydon v Stourbridge, Mounts Bay v Bees; 4 Oct Stourbridge v Wharfedale, Bees v Blaydon; 11 Oct Wharfedale v Bees, Launceston v Stourbridge; 18 Oct Stourbridge v Blackheath, Bees v Launceston; 25 Oct Blackheath v Bees, Westcombe Park v Stourbridge; 1 Nov Stourbridge v Southend, Bees v Westcombe Park; 8 Nov Southend v Bees, Cinderford v Stourbridge; 15 Nov Stourbridge v Waterloo, Bees v Cinderford; 29 Nov Waterloo v Bees, Tynedale v Stourbridge; 6 Dec Stourbridge v Redruth, Bees v Tynedale; 20 Dec Stourbridge v Bees; 3 Jan 2009 Bees v Cambridge, Mounts Bay v Stourbridge; 10 Jan Stourbridge v Blaydon, Bees v Mounts Bay; 24 Jan Blaydon v Bees, Wharfedale v Stourbridge; 31 Jan Stourbridge v Launceston, Bees v Wharfedale; 14 Feb Blackheath v Stourbridge, Launceston v Bees; 21 Feb Stourbridge v Westcombe Park, Bees v Blackheath; 7 Mar Westcombe Park v Bees, Southend v Stourbridge; 21 Mar Stourbridge v Cinderford, Bees v Southend, 28 Mar Cinderford v Bees, Waterloo v Stourbridge; 4 Apr Stourbridge v Tynedale, Bees v Waterloo, 18 Apr Tynedale v Bees, Redruth v Stourbridge; 25 Apr Stourbridge v Cambridge, Bees v Redruth.