Newlands’ duo Ben Luntley and Billy Logan both bagged braces as Shaun Mancrief’s men edge past hosts Edgehill at Staxton, while there were also wins for champions West Pier, promoted Falsgrave and Whitby Fishermen’s Society.
EDGEHILL 3 (L Cooper, JP Watson, Greening) NEWLANDS 5 (Luntley 2, Logan 2, Exley)
Shaun Mancrief’s Newlands side struck an early blow in the title race after coming away from Edgehill with a win.
The home side led through a Liam Cooper effort after 20 minutes, but Sean Exley’s strike levelled things up heading into the break at Staxton.
The visitors took the game by the scruff of the neck after the switcharound and after Billy Logan’s intricate lob had put them 2-1 up, Ben Luntley made it 3-1.
Edgehill rallied and halved their deficit after a defensive blunder by Kile Fields allowed Jon Paul Watson to make it 3-2.
Logan then got on the end of a free-kick to make it 4-2 and seemingly give Newlands breathing space again, but Ricky Greening gave his side hope again with five minutes left on the clock after making it 4-3.
Newlands weren’t to be denied though and as Edgehill threw men forward in search of a leveller, the away side countered and Luntley grabbed his second and made it 5-3 in the process.
Logan was the star man on the afternoon, while Ryan Cooper also shone in the Newlands midfield.
Lloyd Henderson was the pick of the Edgehill side at left-back.
HUNMANBY UNITED 0 WEST PIER 1 (G Thomas)
Champions West Pier squeezed nervously past Hunmanby United to start the defence of their crown in positive fashion.
Pier stopper Scott Wardman and his opposite number Howard Berridge both had to be aware to keep efforts on goal out, but Pier struck just before half-time.
A Martin Cooper effort rifled into the arm of a United man and the referee pointed to the spot. Neil Thomas missed the spot-kick, but his brother Gary Thomas was first on the scene to hammer in the rebound for 1-0.
Pier managed to hold on in the second half, with only a speculative effort from range that clipped the bar really posing them any danger.
Kyle Spivey was named as Pier’s man of the match.
AYTON 1 (Roberts) FALSGRAVE 4 (Tolliday, Anderson, Ellis, Drydale)
Promoted Falsgrave got away to a superb start as they cruised past Ayton away from home.
Billy Johnson’s men have enjoyed back-to-back promotions and they will be looking to put a cat amongst the pigeons in the top flight this season, and they couldn’t have asked for a better start as imposing target man Nick Ellis, wingers Mikey Anderson and Rich Tolliday and prolific front man Lee Drydale cancelled out Ayton player-manager Steve Roberts’ strike.
Gavin McGough was Falsgrave’s man of the match, while Lewis Short and Ellis stood out.
SEAMER 1 (Myerscough) EASTFIELD 1 (Kris Tate)
Seamer and Eastfield were forced to settle for a share of the spoils after they drew 1-1.
Neither side could break the deadlock during a scrappy first period and Seamer must have thought they’d nicked the victory when 18-year-old Conner Myerscough got on the end of a Matty Forsyth ball and tapped in with just 10 minutes left on the clock.
It wasn’t to be for Seamer though as Eastfield midfielder Kris Tate, who was introduced at half-time, fired in to level matters and seal a point for his side.
Joe Wright impressed in the Seamer goal, while Tate made a real difference in the Eastfield midfielder after the break.
WHITBY FISHERMEN’S SOCIETY 3 (M Swales 3, one pen) WESTOVER WASPS
Mark Swales smashed in a treble for Whitby Fishermen’s Society to help his side east past Westover.
Westover actually started the stronger of the sides, dominating the first 20 minutes of the contest.
But Mark Storr’s men managed to get into the swing of things and they opened the scoring after 25 minutes, Mark Swales beating a couple of men beforing firing in.
Swales made it two after the break after slotting in from the penalty spot after Andrew Hesleton was felled in the area before he completed his hat-trick and the scoring after being slipped through on goal and making no mistake.