LIGERS start the second half of the season at the same ground as they finished the first - Pitch 9 at Berks County Sports Club in Sonning. And no doubt it will be bitterly cold again. But that is where the similarities end.
Following on from a very successful four months, Ligers have found themselves promoted to Div 4, along with Teddington Wolves, Pinewood Panthers and Marlow United. So although the venue is familiar, the opponents on Saturday are stalwarts of this season's Div 4, the yellow-shirted AFC Charvil.
Old Tigers will recall a couple of previous matches against Charvil: a penalty shoot-out defeat in the 2017-18 Plate after Gabriel had given Tigers a two-goal lead in normal time, and a 9-4 win back in September 2016. Having been in the division below Tigers in 2017-18, AFC Charvil reached this Christmas in mid-table of their Division, having opened September with a 6-3 win against Hearts Cheetahs.
AFC Charvil run just the one U13 XI, with a squad of 16, including Lucy Simpson who, if memory serves is a tough right back and a pretty useful rugby player too.
Ligers start the year without Tommy, Hayden, Rufus and Zac who are enjoying that fabled "winter break", but welcome back Frazer who missed the cup win at Berks CountySports Club. It will be a great test of the Ligers' level of all-round improvement playing against better opposition, and good preparation for the imminent Cup semi-final.
See you in Sonning