The 2022/23 Toolstation NCEL season began on Friday evening as Garforth Town played out a 2-2 draw with visitors Hemsworth Miners Welfare in the Premier Division.
Charlie Marshall twice put the hosting Miners ahead but they were pegged back first by Jason Davis and then Andrew Horbury to ensure it was honours even in the campaign curtain-raiser.
The remaining opening round of games were played on Saturday with Frickley Athletic
winning their first match in the NCEL, Lee Bennett settling the encounter in stoppage time to take the points in a 1-0 victory at Maltby Main
began life in the league with a 1-1 draw at Thackley
, Daniel Naidole quickly levelling for the visitors after Aiden Chippendale had put the Dennyboys ahead in the 21st minute.
Joshua Dacre's goal just after the half-hour mark condemned Yorkshire Amateur
to defeat in their return to the NCEL as Goole AFC
took the points in a single-goal victory at the Southerns Stadium.
Promoted sides Hallam
and North Ferriby
began their campaigns with wins, James Gregory, Richard Patterson and Danny Deakin with the goals for the Countrymen as they beat Knaresborough Town
3-1 after the hosts had taken the lead through Harry Clark.
Daniel East scored both of Ferriby's goals, the first from the penalty spot, as they defeated visitors Emley AFC
at the Dransfield Stadium in front of the division's biggest crowd of 358.
Devonte Newman-Morton's hat-trick helped Eccleshill United
to a 5-3 home victory over Winterton Rangers
whilst there were away wins for Silsden AFC
Hashlee Cranidge put into his own net for the only goal of the game for Silsden at Bottesford Town
whilst Leon Howarth and Alfie Smith secured a 2-0 win at Penistone Church
And, it was goalless at the Easy Buy Stadium as Barton Town
were held to a draw by visitors Albion Sports
In Division One, the three sides promoted from the Feeder Leagues had excellent starts with Beverley Town
, Horbury Town
and Wakefield AFC
kicking their campaigns off with victories.
Horbury were the day's biggest winners as they defeated visitors Ollerton Town
5-0, Samuel Awty with a couple whilst there was one each for Gibril Bojang, Kieran Ceesay and Benjamin Agu.
Nathan Ofori netted for Beverley as they beat hosts Athersley Recreation
1-0 whilst, in front of the weekend's largest attendance of 361, Wakefield AFC
won 3-1 at home to Glasshoughton Welfare
Kiyani Clayton gave Welfare an early lead but the hosts turned the game around in the final quarter-of-an-hour with a Jake Morrison brace sandwiching a Raymond Sibanda strike.
There was a hat-trick for Matthew Parkin in Retford FC
's 5-2 home victory over Nostell Miners Welfare
whilst Staveley Miners Welfare
went one better against visitors Parkgate
, Marley Grant with two of their goals in a 6-2 win.
Ross Hannah struck twice for Rossington Main
as they rattled off a 4-0 success at Selby Town
whilst Daniel Wood, Callum Mawbey and Sam Terry secured a 3-1 victory for Dronfield Town
at Armthorpe Welfare
Oliver Norman and William Monteiro scored the only goal of the game as Harrogate Railway Athletic
took the points at Shirebrook Town
prevailed at home to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic
And, it was a point apiece as Fraser Paprill's late equaliser rescued a 1-1 draw for hosts Brigg Town
had taken a first half lead, courtesy of an own goal.
Photo: Knaresborough Town's Harry Clark heads home the opening goal from a corner but visitors Hallam marked their return to the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division with a 3-1 victory. (Picture: Graham Finney Photography)