League newcomers The Stella made a massive statement on opening day with a devastating performance in an 11-3 Second Division demolition of Lakeside SSC.
Four-goal Adam Sinclair led the way against luckless keeper Dale Atkinson, backed by Kris Thompson, Stephen Rutter, Lewis Monaghan, Gavin Teasdale, Ross Topping and sub Martin Rutter (2). Kris Keith and Iain Usher (2) replied.
Nathan Stavers and Simon Mountford netted as The Promenade drew 1-1 with Victory Club.
Bri Carter’s man-of-the-match performance earned Hendon Athletic a comfortable 5-1 win over Martin Teller Carpets.
Carter finished with a hat-trick, and a shocking penalty miss. Richie Timm powered home a header and Conlon got a debut goal to make it five, with Dan Pearson replying.
Pennywell Comrades shocked Railway Club with a fine 3-1 win.
Carl Waters grabbed a couple and Corlett hit the third. Stephen Stewart replied late on.
Washington Colliery ran out easy 5-0 winners in the derby at Washington New Tavern .
Andrew McIntyre hit a double and Jonathon Roberts fired a well-taken hat-trick. Gary Allen shone for Tavern.
New Town started the season well with a simple 5-0 win over poor AFC Wearside.
Emmerson (2), Elliott Salicki, King and Warris did the damage.
Mill View CIU had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Cherry Tree, with both keepers needing to be commended for not falling asleep during the game. Middlemas stood out for Cherry Tree, Lynch for Mill View.
Oddies are gunning for the First Division performance of the season after a fantastic 4-3 win over The Stumble Inn.
Daz Green started Oddies’ scoring with a penalty after being clattered by the keeper.
But Stumble rallied to lead 3-1, thanks to a penalty, a well-taken second goal and a great volley. But Oddies’ never-say-die attitude turned it around and Green’s header and a Mark Lister strike, when he went one on one with the keeper, levelled it up.
Green then sensationally completed his hat-trick with an outstanding 30-yard free-kick into the top corner in stoppage time. Alex Herring was top man for Oddies.
Ryhope Top House came out 5-4 winners in a thriller against Jolly Potters.
Star man Josh Winthrop fired a double for Top House, but a quickfire Gary Baker brace had the Potters level at the break.
Ryhope raced out of the blocks on the restart and Rowlands, Machin and Vincent all scored. Webster fired a double for Potters, but Top House held on.
Victoria Gardens and Hendon shared the spoils in an exciting 2-2 derby draw on the Silksworth 3G.
Old timer Bri Rowe rolled back the years and produced a clinical finish and Martin “Ghandi” Hope started where he left off last season to hit Vics’ second.
Hendon hit back and levelled courtesy of Michael Montgomery, after running Luke Morrow ragged. Clayton Davis could have won it for Hendon put his effort rattled the bar.
Ashbrooke Sports Club outgunned Redhouse Last Orders 4-0.
The opener came when Lewis Collinson’s great first-time ball set up Jordan Ridley to score.
Ashbrooke were clinical on the counter-attack and Micky Brown made it 2-0 before he hit a goal of the season contender, a fantastic volley which rocketed into the top corner.
Luke Hellens’ great wing play was rewarded with a fourth goal. Andrew Arnold stood out for Redhouse.
Board Inn’s tricky Micky Wharton was back to his best with a fine double to put Thorney Close Inn to the sword, 3-1 away.
Keeper Martin Jackson’s goal for Thorney was not enough as Jamie Carmody hit a late third to seal all three points.
The Lansdowne’s dominant first-half display was enough to secure a 3-1 win over Royal Marine.
Taylor, Chapman and Jukes struck, with Aiden Raeburn bagging a consolation.
Title favourites TC Plastics started were they left off last season as they demolished Willow Pond 15-0.
Star man Stephenson chipped in with a brace, but the frontmen had a great day as Luke Bell hit a treble and Josh Farquhar smashed five past Willow’s hapless keeper.
Thompson, McArthur and Cook also struck.