Weekend Round Up - Saturday 12th August 2017
Sun 13th August 2017 | General | By Ian Templeman
Just four of the 22 games across the league produced less than two goals, and there were no draws in either division, as the 2017-18 league season got off to a net bulging start on the opening day.
In the Premier Division, City of Liverpool top the table on goal difference after a 5-0 home win over Irlam, Jamie McDonald and Karl Noon both scoring twice in a game that served notice that the Purples will once again be a force to be reckoned with this season.
The teams who finished immediately behind champions Atherton Colls last season made winning starts to their league campaigns. An 89th minute goal from Anthony Rendell sealed a 1-0 win for Bootle at Ashton Athletic, and Runcorn Town edged out Maine Road by the odd goal in seven at the Pavilions, with a 90th minute winner from last season's leading scorer Craig Cairns clinching victory.
Runcorn Linnets finished last season strongly and appear to have picked up where they left off, with two goals from Freddie Potter helping them to a good 4-0 win at Abbey Hey.
Congleton Town were the day's highest scorers, with last season's League Player of the Year Declan Fletcher scoring a hat trick in the Bears' 6-2 win over AFC Darwen, and Hanley Town hit four goals for the second week in a row, Dan Cope following his hat trick last week with two more in the 4-0 home win over Squires Gate.
Charnock Richard made a good start to their first ever Premier Division campaign with a 5-3 win at Barnton. Carl Grimshaw added another two goals to his club record tally, although the Villagers' Chris Smith will feel a bit hard done too after scoring a hat trick and finishing on the losing side.
Another hat trick hero was Brian Matthews of Northwich Victoria, who contributed three of his side goals in the 4-2 win at Padiham, and fellow Northwich rivals 1874 also won away from home, with a 63rd minute goal from Adam Whitlock being enough to earn the three points with a 1-0 win at Burscough.
Nic Evangelinos scored twice in West Didsbury & Chorlton's 3-1 home win over Widnes, and Michael Koral was the match winner in Winsford United's 1-0 home win over Barnoldswick Town.
In the First Division, after narrowly missing out on promotion last season both Litherland REMYCA and Whitchurch Alport put markers down to suggest they will once be challenging at the top of thable, as both recorded convincing home wins.
Secon half goals from Stephen King, Jordan Stafford, Stephen Ferrigan and Jamie Colbourn ensured a 4-0 win for REMYCA over Stockport Town,
At Yockings Park, Ben Mills hit a hat trick for Whitchurch Alport in their 5-1 win over Holker Old Boys.
Chaddertonalso recorded a winning margin of four goals, with Luke Heron and Michael Moss both scoring twice in the 4-0 win at Carlisle City.
League newcomers Abbey Hulton United made a winning start in their opening game in the league, winning 2-1 at Daisy Hill. Keeylin Thomas scored the club's first ever goal in the 37th minute, although it was a lead that lasted only 90 seconds before Jordan Donnelly levelled from the penalty spot.
However, skipper Joshua Tune made it a good day out for the Staffordshire side with the winner nine minutes from time.
AFC Blackpool also emerged victorious from a long away trip, with new manager Dave Worthington making a winning start to his reign with a 3-1 win at FC Oswestry Town, in which Ben Duffield scored twice.
A hat trick from Wayne Morrison was the highlight of Bacup Borough's 3-0 win over Eccleshall, and Prestwich Heys won by the same score at home to Cammell Laird 1907, Jacob Wood scoring twice.
First half goals from Richard Whyatt and Aaron Fleming set Cheadle Town on the way to a 2-1 win at Atherton LR , and Ed Driver and Bobby Lofthouse also struck in the opening 45 minutes of New Mills' 2-0 win over St Helens Town.
Joseph Gaughan's goal was decisive in Silsden's 1-0 win over Sandbach United, and Kyle Stubbs and Josh Glover ensured Alsager Town made a winning start to the season with a 2-1 home win over Nelson.