Alan Carter has got his all-stars back together as he looks to make Hendon Athletic a force to be reckoned with in Division Four.
The capture of “son of Pele” Martin Smith, along with numerous ex-Premier Division players, helped them to a 9-5 first-day win at Park View.
Richie Timm started the scoring for Hendon and Anth Carter got his shooting boots back to fire home before Martin Deacon capped a fine show with a double and Smith marked his debut with a well-taken brace.
Liam Noble and goal machine Martin Hope (2) made it nine, while braces from Benson and Robinson, plus a late Ewart strike, keeping View interested.
Westmount ran out easy 9-2 winners at Saltgrass. Atkinson grabbed a hat-trick and McKenzie scored a brace before half-time, with Dealwis making it six. Young and Fairley pulled two goals back, but Green, Joez and Stafstrom took Westmount to nine, marking them out as a team to watch this season.
Carl Longstaff hit a brace to get Woodlands off to a flier in a 3-2 win over Wearmouth CW Juniors. Hardy and Farquhar squared it up, but super sub Hamilton fired the home winner.
Wear United took advantage of the extra man as Jonson McClumpha saw red for hosts Millfield Oddies.
Chris Brown scored in each half and Gary Simmons increased Wear’s lead. Sheriff and Musther also notched, while Tony Barrs and Ganley replied in a 5-2 loss.
East Rainton enjoyed their first game in the league, hitting eight unanswered goals past hapless Top House keeper Ferguson.
Vane Arms beat Oddies by the odd goal in seven, in a First Division thriller which produced two red cards.
Stephen Fountain christened his new boots with a well-taken brace to inspire Vane, but Dan and David Snowdon pulled Oddies all square. Man of the match Andy Tatters capped a great display with Oddies’ third, but Vane kept plugging away and Mark Wasey equalised before new signing Michael Slater grabbed the winner.
Harbour View and Redhouse Last Orders shared the spoils in a close-fought 1-1 draw.
David Middleton put Harbour View in front, but the plaudits went to Neil Middlemiss, who equalised while playing in goals for the full 90 minutes.
Willow Pond are looking to make their mark on Division One without the help of Julio Arca.
Warren Cassap ran the show for Willow and had his hand in Aiden King’s winner against Hylton Road Carpets Elite, who weren’t at the races and failed to take any of their good chances in a 1-0 loss.
Thorney Close Inn were pipped 3-2 by Farringdon Detached in a cracking clash.
Thorney carved out numerous chances but failed to punish Farringdon until Craig Collins finally made the breakthrough. Wing wizard David Stevens popped up with a great effort to level, then Jordan Wolfendale put Detached in front. Greenwell equalised five minutes from time, but Farringdon kept going and Wolfendale drove past Jackson to seal all three points with the last kick of the game.
Pennywell Comrades came out on top in a tight 1-0 win at The Royal Marine, star man Jonathan Glenwright bagging the only goal. Peter Marshall shone for Marine but could not force an equaliser.
TC Plastics have recruited some excellent signings and look to be one the favourites for the Second Division title.
Josh Farquhar notched a couple of goals for Plastics, but Stumble Inn levelled through Thubron and Dixon before Kieran Mitchell finished a great moved to restore the lead. Gareth Stoker came off the bench to fire Plastics’ killer fourth goal.
The Victory Club brought newly-promoted Third Division champions Hendon down to earth with a 4-3 opening day victory.
Robert Calvert shot Victory into a 2-0 lead with a quickfire brace. Keith Reay replied, but Victory went further in front after Scott Hunter punished the visitors’ poor back four. Ben Horn fired a fourth past Carl Faulkner before Campbell and sub Fisk bagged late consolations.
Welcome Tavern continued their decent form from pre-season with a 5-0 demolition of TC, as Thompson, Mitchell, Fairs, Green and Maddison all found the net.
Washington New Tavern made easy work of Ryhope Railway Inn, hitting six past Chris Wright. Craig Neal claimed a hat-trick, with Gavin Neal (2) and Jay Booth making it 6-1. Craig Whelan hit Railway’s reply.
New Town got off to a great start, brushing aside AFC Wearside 3-0.
The Salichi brothers were back to goal scoring ways as Elliott and Charlie both got on the scoresheet. Josh Winlow finished the scoring.
Gary Shemmings has high hopes for Jolly Potters and, despite having only the bare 11 to call upon, they still defeated The Dolphin 3-1.
Anthony “Joan” Rivers and Kieran Nixon had them two up before star man Wayne Davis rallied Dolphin, only to then fire a penalty high and wide. Potters rubbed salt into Davis’s wounds when Adzy McQuillan fired past Darren Brown for a killer third goal.