CHALFONT St Peter skipper John Carroll believes promotion momentum could be the key to their season ahead of the big kick-off on Saturday.

The Saints have agonisingly missed out on promotion from the Spartan South Mids Premier Division in the past three years but crossed the line winning the title by 12 points last season.

It means they will finally start life in the Evo-Stick Division One Central when experienced Bedworth United visit Mill Meadow on Saturday.

With a successful pre-season under their belts and the feel-good promotion factor still running through their veins, centre-back Carroll said everyone is counting down the minutes to the start of the campaign.

The 27-year-old said: "Everyone is buzzing about the new season. We have kept the majority of our group together so when we came back in this summer for pre-season we looked hungry and said we could start the season straight away.

"The lads have trained really well and looked hungry. Our pre-season has been excellent and we have had some really tough games against the likes of Hendon and Enfield which have really helped up prepare for the step up.

"Hopefully we can hit the ground running and get off to a good start. We are used to winning games over the past few seasons and we need to keep hold of that mentality and use that momentum to have a good season."

Chalfont have turned Mill Meadow into a fortress having lost just six home league games in the last two seasons and Carroll is convinced maintaining that record will be essential for the Saints.

He said: "Our home form is important and will be vital to how we get on this season. But there are a lot of derby games this season which means we don't need to do as much travelling as last year so that will be a real help to us."

Those derby games begin on Tuesday night with Chalfont's second game of the season at neighbours Northwood.