By STAN WILTON
The first goal of the season of the was scored by Sam Richards for BARROW TOWN in the fourth minute, as they completed a 3-0 home win over League newcomers SHIREBROOK TOWN. The visitors were playing their first game in the League following the close season cross Pyramid transfer from the Northern Counties East League. Harry Dunn two minutes into the second half and Henry Allcock on 68 minutes completed the scoring for the Riversiders.
John Whitehurst was on target for WEST BRIDGFORD in the fifth minute as they began the new campaign with a 4-1 win at CLIPSTONE. Tim Hopkinson added a brace of goals before the break and Ryan Whitehurst made it four ten minutes into the second half. William Whitehead pulled one back for the home
side with 18 minutes left.
EASTWOOD COMMUNITY breezed to the top of the first league table though with a 4-0 win over ten-man GRAHAM STREET PRIMS at Coronation Park. Prims had Brandon Gwinnutt dismissed five minutes before the break but they were already behind at the time to Kieran Watson’s 21 st minute strike and another from Patrick Webb four minutes later. Watson went on to complete the League’s
first hat trick of the season with a 63 rd minute penalty and a 76 th minute third.
SHERWOOD COLLIERY confirmed that they will be one of the teams to be stopped this season as two goals from David Cockerill and one from Gareth Curtis saw them open their season with a 3-0 win at KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE.
Goals from Ravarn Antonio Jackson, Jack Smith and Gino Kelleher, the latter coming four minutes from the end, saw RADFORD complete a home win over visiting BORROWASH VICTORIA by the same score.
GEDLING MINERS WELFARE will hope that their 2-1 win at CLIFTON ALL WHITES will be the spur for a better season for them. Jamie Spiers, who has campaigned for many sides in his distinguished career, put them ahead two minutes into the second half. Kevin Hemagou levelled within five minutes but Joshua Thornton’s goal on the hour gave the visitors the points.
The three other games ended with the points being shared. Matt Wilkinson put TEVERSAL in front after just twelve minutes, but Sam Sims levelled for last season’s Central Midlands League South champions HUCKNALL TOWN within seven minutes to complete the scoring.
RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE and INGLES also shared the spoils. Aiden
Harris put the home side in front on 24 minutes, but goals from Laithen Hammond in first half stoppage time and Sean Woolley seven minutes into the second half put the visitors on top. Mark Robinson restored parity on 71 minutes.
Old rivals DUNKIRK and HEANOR TOWN clashed in a feisty opening day game at Lenton Lane. Tyrell Shannon-Lewis got the Boatmen off to a great start with a seventh minute penalty. A game of five yellow cards also saw Dunkirk’s Jordan Alls dismissed on 68 minutes for striking a Heanor player. The Lions, who ended last season with 14 straight wins, finally got a deserved point three minutes from the end when Jack Warner’s shot hit a defender and the ball spun just inside an upright.