A hat-trick from Archie Brown helped Goole AFC to the biggest victory on the opening day of the 2019/20 Toolstation NCEL season, a Saturday afternoon full of goals that suggests it will be another year of drama in the Premier Division and Division One.
The Vikings, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, raced into a 5-0 lead by the interval in their home clash with Athersley Recreation
, Brown's triple added to by a brace from Devonte Newman-Morton and then a sixth from Reagan Waud early in the second period.
and Yorkshire Amateur
began their campaigns with 3-0 victories with Adam Porritt, Sean Hunter and Mark Simpson netting for Garforth in a home win over Handsworth
whilst Ashley Flynn struck twice after Fernando Moke's opener for the Ammers at Barton Town
played most of their home clash with Knaresborough Town
down to ten men after a first-half sending-off for Jack Warwick but Ross Duggan got both of their goals in a 2-0 victory to start their return to the NCEL in winning ways.
, Hemsworth Miners Welfare
and newcomers Silsden
all started with single-goal wins, Jacob Fenton scoring twice as Bottesford beat visitors Albion Sports
The other two sides picked up 2-1 wins with Rikki Paylor and Declan Parker claiming a home victory for Hemsworth over promoted side Grimsby Borough
whilst Khurram Shazad and Aiden Kirby found the net for Silsden at Penistone Church
The opening day's remaining three Premier Division games ended all square, Nathan Walker's late penalty grabbing a 3-3 draw for Bridlington Town
at home to Thackley
in a game that saw the away side relinquish the lead three times.
came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home with Liversedge
, Joseph Austin and Gavin King levelling matters after Oliver Fearon and Joseph Kenny had put Sedge in front.
And, it was 1-1 between Eccleshill United
and Staveley Miners Welfare
, Michael Burke with a 39th minute equaliser for Staveley after Nathan Woodward had given the Eagles the lead.
The early pacesetters in Division One are Dronfield Town
and Brigg Town
who both hit half-a-dozen in their opening matches.
Matthew Ord's hat-trick, added to by goals from Connor Chapell, Ashley Rawson and Ethan Flower, secured a 6-1 home win for Dronfield over Worsbrough Bridge Athletic
whilst Brigg were 6-2 victors over visitors East Hull
with a Stuart Longbone brace and one each from Jake Reed, Ryan Thompson, James Osborne and Jack Tierney for the returning Zebras.
Gareth Barlow, Matthew Allison and Adam Baskerville struck in the last half-hour to claim a 3-0 win at home for Winterton Rangers
over Glasshoughton Welfare
, and there were also winning starts for Nostell Miners Welfare
and promoted Retford FC
Nostell beat visitors Ollerton Town
4-2 with Danny Edwards completing the scoring for the hosts in injury time whilst Matthew Morton's 54th minute penalty proved to be the winner for Swallownest as they won 3-2 at relegated Hall Road Rangers
And, there were single-goal victories for Retford FC at Rossington Main
, Shay Evans-Booth with the strike, whilst Jonathan Fusco netted for Parkgate at Armthorpe Welfare
Meanwhile, three matches ended in 1-1 draws, Andrew McCreadie's stoppage time equaliser earning Campion
a point at relegated Harrogate Railway Athletic
, Adam Bolder making sure of a point in North Ferriby
's first NCEL match at home to Hallam
, and Daniel Walker netting the leveller for Selby Town
on 75 minutes at home to Skegness Town
Photo: Adam Baskerville slots home Winterton Rangers' third goal in their 3-0 home victory over Glasshoughton Welfare in Toolstation NCEL Division One on Saturday. (Picture: Paul Tong)