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Kanto League Division 2
The Kanto League Division 2 began its 2007 season on Sunday with four new members - Club Dragons and Yonoshukai, promoted from the Ibaraki and Saitama Prefectural Leagues respectively, together with relegated sides Hanno Bruder and the military men of MSDF Atsugi Marcus. Hanno, relegated from Division 1 at the end of a campaign that saw them apparently ill-prepared to cope with life in the top division, beat Ryutsu Keizai University's reserve side Dragons 1-0 with a fifth-minute goal from midfield man Yasunari Ishimure.

But Yonoshukai picked up an impressive 2-1 away win against Atsugi, which suggests that they may be well able to cope with what is their first-ever experience at this higher level of football. To do so, they will need to meet the challenge of promotion favourites Furukawa Electrics Chiba, 2-1 winners over Kanagawa Teachers. Nevertheless, the best result of the day came in Yamanashi, where Nirasaki Astros were thumped 4-2 at home by Saitama's Ome FC.

Sun 15 Apr: Furukawa Electrics Chiba 2-1 Kanagawa Teachers
Sun 15 Apr: Hanno Bruder 1-0 Club Dragons
Sun 15 Apr: MSDF Atsugi Marcus 1-2 Yonoshukai
Sun 15 Apr: Nirasaki Astros 2-4 Ome FC

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