The 2018/19 Toolstation NCEL season opened under blistering sunshine and red hot temperatures on Saturday afternoon as all forty clubs embarked on the new campaign, all with hopes and dreams of a memorable next nine months.
It was mixed start for the four new sides in the Premier Division with last season's Division One champions Knaresborough Town
being the only ones to begin with a victory.
They went behind to Ombeni Ruhanduka's eleventh-minute opener at Albion Sports
but Brad Walker's second-half brace turned the game around in favour of the visitors as they ran out 2-1 winners.
began their return to the top flight in ideal fashion as Fernando Moke gave them an early lead at Bottesford Town
but the hosts stormed back to take a half-time lead with goals from Lewis Bemrose and Jack Cross.
And, the home side took further control as Martin Pembleton, Wayne Graves and Jack McMenemy netted to secure a 5-2 victory with Ashley Flynn grabbing the Ammers' second.
The third promoted team, Eccleshill United
, started with a point as Jassim Alali's 70th-minute equaliser cancelled out Jordan Hines' tenth-minute strike in a 1-1 home draw with Thackley
, who returned to the NCEL from the Evo-Stik League, were beaten 2-1 at home by Worksop Town
, Adam Lund's leveller for the Vikings sandwiched by goals from Jamie Price and Kyle Jordan for the Tigers.
There were first day away wins for Liversedge
and Hemsworth Miners Welfare
with Joe Walton's double helping Sedge to a 3-1 defeat of hosts Athersley Recreation
And, there were two goals each for Bradley Dockerty and Seon Ripley as Hemsworth were 5-2 victors at Hall Road Rangers
A late double from Joe McFadyen saw Bridlington Town
snatch a 2-1 home win at the expense of Garforth Town
, Jed Phillips also struck twice as Handsworth Parramore
prevailed 3-1 over visitors Penistone Church
and Danny Frost got both of Maltby Main
's goals as they won 2-0 at home to Harrogate Railway Athletic
And, it was a point apiece for Staveley Miners Welfare
and Barton Town
at Inkersall Road as Adam Baskerville's first-half opener for the hosts was cancelled out late on by Jamie Goddard.
The result of the day came in Division One where Hallam
galloped home 7-0 at FC Bolsover
, Benjamin Thornton's hat-trick added to by a Reece Treasure double and goals in the last quarter-of-an-hour from Sam Smith and James Steer.
The long-awaited return to the NCEL of Skegness Town
and Harworth Colliery
saw them both start with defeats, Mark West's 89th minute could not rescue anything for Harworth as goals from Kieran Hirst and Joe Dungworth ensured visitors Worsbrough Bridge Athletic
went home with a 2-1 win.
And, Skegness went down 4-0 at Selby Town
, courtesy of a Sam Cable hat-trick and a fourth from Gary Collier.
William Pears scored both of Winterton Rangers
's goals in their 2-0 home victory over Swallownest
whilst East Yorkshire Carnegie
enjoyed a 4-1 success against visitors Glasshoughton Welfare
Ryan Williams and James Webb netted in the opening period, Robert Oldham pulled one back before half-time but Thomas Bennett and Samuel Foster made sure of the win soon after the interval.
There were perfect starts on their travels for AFC Emley
and Nostell Miners Welfare
with Nostell the biggest winners as Jack Owen, Daniel Critchlow and Bradley Kerr secured a 3-0 victory at Parkgate
Ruben Jerome and Shane Hamilton helped Emley to beat Armthorpe Welfare
2-1 and Campion were 2-0 winners at Dronfield Town
, thanks to goals from Benjamin Kendall and Lee Bradshaw.
The spoils were shared in the remaining two matches as Max Curzon restored parity for Ollerton Town
in a 1-1 draw at Rossington Main
following a 20th minute strike from Lee Holmes.
And, Grimsby Borough
's home game with Shirebrook Town
ended goalless in a match that was delayed in the second period due to a serious injury to Borough's Renzie Lobendhan.
He was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg and all at the NCEL wish him a speedy recovery.
Photo: James Webb polishes the boot of Thomas Bennett after he scores in East Yorkshire Carnegie's 4-1 home victory over Glasshoughton Welfare. (Picture: Darren Thompson)