Graham Shaw scored a hat-trick as Alwoodley started their Premier Division season with a superb 5-0 win over North East Leeds, writes OLIVER LINES.
Three-time golden boot winner Shaw set his side well on their way to victory, with Tom Rawson and Adam Bond rounding out the scoring to put Alwoodley top of the league after one game.
In the battle of the two promoted sides, Farsley Celtic Juniors ran out comfortable 3-1 winners over Wigton Moor.
Wigton dominated early on and took the lead when Danny Lyons fired in, but they were left to rue missed chances as Luke Gordon, Alex Gyte and Joe Firth hit back for Farsley in the second half as they returned home with the win.
Rothwell, who won the Wakefield and District League last season, fell to a 6-2 mauling by Huddersfield Amateur.
A Jacob Travis brace, combined with goals from Dave Woffenden, Joe Simmons, Luke Guest and Andrew Sutcliffe, eased Huddersfield to victory despite strikes from Joshua Ide and Jordan Ide.
Last season’s runners up Grangefield OB earned a 5-2 victory over local rivals Stanningley OB, moving into a 3-1 lead at half time thanks to goals from Matt Tomlinson, Kristian Dacre and Ritchie Banks.
James Allen scored a penalty moments before half time, just 90 seconds after seeing one get saved, but a Matty Dalton double sealed the win despite John Mallinson’s late goal.
Wayne Crossley hit a hat-trick as Ealandians secured a superb 4-2 away win at FC Headingley.
Headingley took the lead late in the first half through Sam Raw but found themselves 3-1 down at the break, and despite John Forrest’s second half goal, Chris Marsh struck late on to seal the win.
In the only match of the opening round that didn’t see a winner, Trinity OB and Leeds Medics played out a feisty 1-1 draw, marred by a bad injury to Medics’ Tom Mwanbingu.
Trinity took the lead midway through the second half thanks to Andy Kenyon’s goal, but they couldn’t hold on as Alex Monk equalised in the 89th minute.
In the Championship, Beeston OB blitzed their way past Thornesians 7-1 to top the early season table.
Ryan Dawson bagged a hat-trick for the hosts, with Carlton Binks adding two annd George Lazaro and Tom Lund scoring one each. Adam Naylor got the only goal for Thornesians, who have keeper Jordan Ripley to thank for preventing a worse result.
Morley Town AFC recorded a 5-1 triumph at a shorthanded Leeds Medics Reserves, with Morley going 3-0 up at half time thanks to goals from Ryan Hartley, Doug Holland and Ash Thorpe.
Lee Kioseff and Holland again made things worse for the hosts in the second half, who did manage to pull one back through Fergus Machin.
Rodillian saw off a weak challenge at a heavily-fancied Shire Academics, running out 3-1 winners.
The visitors went into a 3-0 lead thanks to Shaun Scantelbury, Elliott Walker and Charlie Holt, with Luke Croager grabbing the consolation for Shire.
Farnley Sports beat Beeston St. Anthony’s 2-1 in a close affair, with Graham Stockdale giving Beeston the lead before Danny Sharpe and Adam Butterworth completed a comeback win.
Old Batelians also started their season with a home 2-1 win, Paul Liley and Phil Bryant giving them victory over Stanningley OB Reserves. Jimmy Harrop scored for the visitors.
Old Modernians were the only team to fail to score, as they fell 1-0 at home to Calverley United thanks to Richards Wells’ late goal.