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Dunne Takes Short Trip Start

19 June 2013

Gillingham opener for the U's.

Gillingham play host at the Priestfield Stadium, as the U's start away from home once again.

U's boss Joe Dunne is pleased his side won't have far to travel on the first day.

On hearing the news, Dunne told the official website: "It was no surprise to hear that we were away, but at least we won't have far to travel.

"It will be a tough game, we are facing a team that will have good momentum at the start of the season, having been promoted last season.

"I'm sure it will create a lot of local interest and there'll be a very healthy crowd to see them start a new season in a new league."

The past three seasons have seen the U's begin the League One campaign at Exeter and then Preston twice so Dunne was grateful for a much shorter journey this time round.

"I know it's away again but at least we haven't got to worry about long journeys and where we're training on the way - it's as close as we can get this season."

Following the first game, the U's take on Port Vale, Sheffield United and Carlisle United but the U's boss was already thinking even further ahead than that.

"It's a very testing start for us, with our first ten seeing us play three promoted teams, two relegated teams and two who will be expected to do well.

"Add Peterborough in the Capital One Cup, that's all three sides from the Championship last season as opposition early."

There wasn't a hint of trepidation about the start for Dunne though, it was exactly the opposite.

"I wouldn't have wanted it any other way - we've got the chance to test ourselves against teams who people think will be at the top of the league at the end of the season.

"It's a great opportunity very early on to see where we are."

"We've only been back in training a day but the lads and the staff are already fully focussed on the work ahead of us and looking forward to the season itself."

The first home match of the new campaign is on Saturday 10th August, with newly promoted Port vale visiting the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

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