Mer­sham put down marker

Premier Di­vi­sion SPORTS EDGE CHAM­PI­ONS MAR­KET HO­TEL IN PREMIER DI­VI­SION OPENER

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football -

Mer­sham Sports showed that they mean busi­ness this sea­son with an open­ing day vic­tory at last sea­son’s cham­pi­ons Mar­ket Ho­tel.

Rob Clark scored twice for the vil­lagers in the 4-3 win, while Ewan Stan­ley and Tom Poyner added fur­ther goals to se­cure the win.

Mar­ket, who missed the chance to draw level when Ryan Smith’s penalty flew over the bar, replied through Paul Burt, Steve Harris and for­mer Mer­sham midfielder Craig Calvert.

Mar­ket man­ager Liam Smith ad­mit­ted that Mer­sham, led by Lewis But­ler, de­fended well and de­served the three points.

Troggs started life back in the top flight af­ter a lengthy ab­sence with a 5-1 win against de­pleted Ald­ing­ton at Cornes Meadow.

The Smar­den side, who have lost for­wards Brad Bur­ton and Jor­dan King to Ham­street, proved that they still have plenty of fire-power as Ben Forbes hit a hat-trick and Michael Har­vey the other two goals.

Tommy Lock­ett pulled one back for Ald­ing­ton.

Hay­den Slade res­cued a point for newly-pro­moted AFC Lo­co­mo­tive with a late header as they drew 1-1 with Brew­mas­ter.

The Brews went ahead af­ter half an hour when Rhys Mor­ri­son played in young­ster Harry Stow to slot home. Loco keeper Ben Stevens was in fine form mak­ing sev­eral good saves. Sun­day couldn’t be sep­a­rated as they drew 0-0. Nell-Hughes’ strike.

Pro­moted side Ap­ple­dore drew 2-2 at home to Grasshop­pers.

Jim Brazil gave Ap­ple­dore a 1-0 half-time lead be­fore Rhys Hodges added a sec­ond for Jim Kelly’s side.

But any hopes of an open­ing­day vic­tory were dashed when Frankie Steer net­ted twice for the Hop­pers as the points were shared.

Jack Bun­dock net­ted against his for­mer club as Lol­zors be­gan life in Di­vi­sion 2 with a 4-1 win at Willes­bor­ough Re­serves.

Bun­dock, ap­proach­ing 250 Sun­day League goals at the age of just 26, helped Lol­zors to a sixth suc­ces­sive league vic­tory, scor­ing one to ac­com­pany ad­di­tional strikes from Justin Howard, John Jarvis and for­mer Marsh Ath­letic midfielder Mike Robin­son.

Michael Dry­land pulled a goal back for Willes­bor­ough. Pitch­side. Adam Bell­man scored five times for his new club, while Boor­man also found the net on his de­but af­ter ar­riv­ing from Ap­ple­dore.

Luke God­dard and Adam Fair­clough added the sev­enth and eighth goals to wrap up the big­gest win of the day.

Troggs Re­serves also picked up a de­cent away vic­tory as they mir­rored their first team in putting five past Ald­ing­ton’s re­serve side.

Jessie Pearce grabbed a hat­trick, with Ben John­son and an own goal com­plet­ing the scor­ing.

Givaudan won 5- 1 win at new­com­ers Ash­ford United Colts to pick up three points af­ter rel­e­ga­tion last sea­son. Mark Hop­kin­son and Ai­den Shell both struck twice.

Alex Shell added a fifth for Givaudan, with Liam Giff pulling a goal back for Colts.

Ash­stone Galac­ti­cos beat Kingsnorth Pil­grims 4-2 in their first com­pet­i­tive game back in the league.

The Char­ing Heath-based team are re­lated to the old Galac­ti­cos club that went from Di­vi­sion 4 to Di­vi­sion 1 in the late 2000s. Mark How­ells and Daniel Pin­der both scored twice, while Jon Marchant net­ted twice for Pil­grims.

The Plough Inn’s first game as l eague mem­bers will be re­mem­bered for dif­fer­ent rea­sons af­ter their fix­ture at neigh­bours Stour Val­ley was aban­doned af­ter 68 min­utes due to a se­ri­ous in­jury.

Val­ley player-man­ager Steve Beech­ing suf­fered a dou­ble leg break mid­way through the sec­ond half with his side lead­ing 4-3 and the game was ended pre­ma­turely as the de­fender re­ceived treat­ment on t he pitch await­ing t he am­bu­lance.

Plough did score through Sam Cal­lan­der, Robert Tan­ner and Richard Bray­brook but the out­come of the game was due to be de­cided at Tues­day’s League Coun­cil meet­ing. Beech­ing, who will spend a lengthy stay in hos­pi­tal ahead of an op­er­a­tion later this week, is ex­pected to miss the rest of the sea­son.

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