The Precision Nottinghamshire Senior League kicked off its 12th season on Saturday. In the Premier Division last season’s Senior Cup winners, Awsworth Villa, were the biggest winners despite going behind after only 18 seconds at home to Cotgrave when Jordan Hopkinson netted.
Cotgrave held the lead until half time but it was a different story after the break as Ryan Whitehurst grabbed a hat-trick, Luke Hodgman scored a brace on his Villa debut and John Whitehurst rounded out the 6-1 win.
Sandiacre Town made their NSL bow and did so in fine style at home to Beeston. Chris Monk put the hosts ahead early in the match and Gavin Spencer doubled the advantage soon into the second half. Late on, Beeston’s Gaz Willows looped a header over his own keeper before Chris Sayles put the gloss on the 4-0 victory.
Newly promoted Magdala Amateurs won their first game back in the top flight, 4-2 at home to Attenborough, even though they went one down within five minutes when Nick Knight scored for the visitors. Gareth Bentley (2), Andrew Gould and James Beavan were the Budgies scorers, Adam Barber with Boro’s second.
A brace from Michael Allen and one from Daryl Price gave Newark Flowserve a 3-1 win over a new look Wollaton side. Sam Rothwell netted for Wollo.
Bilborough Town moved into their new home at the Harvey Hadden Stadium and opened with 2-0 win over new NSL team Basford United Community. Ricky Law was the creator for both goals, one for Jack Nicholson and one for Craig McMorran.
Another of the league’s new teams, Aston United fared better when they came back from a 2-0 half-time deficit to win 3-2 at Clifton All Whites. Connor Hardy and David Hawkes put the hosts ahead midway through the first period. Shortly after the restart Mark Green volleyed Aston back into the game then Ollie Ball headed the equaliser from a corner. With 15 minutes remaining another header from a corner, this time by Mitchell Robinson, sealed the points for Aston.
The three other Premier Division games all ended 1-1: Bingham Town v Unity, Real United v FC Cavaliers and Underwood Villa v AFC Dunkirk.
In Division One, Kirton Brickworks made a good start on putting last season’s difficult campaign behind them with a 6-2 win at Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves. Arron Darch (2), Daniel Hall, Aaron Norman, Nathan Watson and substitute Thomas Thompson were the scorers, Matt Clowes and Corey Wilson replied for Kimberley.
James Needham was the four goal hero for Gedling Southbank as they won 5-2 at home to Wollaton Reserves. Luke Pickard added the fifth with Mark Draycott and Ant Fragola scoring for the visitors.
Two of the newly promoted sides faced each other with Awsworth Villa Reserves, last season’s Division Two champions, prevailing 4-1 at Keyworth United Reserves. Another promoted side, Watnall Athletic, have become Greenwood Meadows AFC during the off-season and they won 2-1 at home to Calverton Miners Welfare.
AFC Bridgford have joined the NSL this season and began life in their new league with a 3-1 win over Bilborough United. Southwell City Reserves won 2-0 at the newly renamed Birchover Park (formerly Aspley Park) and Ashland Rovers beat Ruddington Village Reserves 1-0.
Clifton All Whites Reserves and Netherfield Albion shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw.