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Wirral Sunday League: Maddocks on goal spree in Riverside debut
NEWLY-promoted Riverside celebrated an emphatic victory on the opening day of the Wirral Sunday League's Premier Division programme.
Striker Chris Maddocks blasted five goals in Riverside's 8-1 victory over shell-shocked fellow debutants Beechwood Social.
Further efforts from James Taylor (2) and Johnny Rathmill completed the statistics as Carl Rice's outfit came out with all guns blazing.
A Ryan Innes double, allied to an own-goal, saw Victoria Colts Seniors cruise into a 3-0 goal lead against last term's Division One champions Shore Villa.
But Russ Steadman's challengers rallied to the call and came back through Joel Dobbins, Tom Morgan and Mike Neish to nick a share of the points.
Reigning champions Neston Nomads were inspired to a 5-4 victory over arch rivals Kent FC after two-goal Ashley Forbes emerged the hero of the hour. Paul Ellison (2) and Rob Cottrell also found, the net, while Kyle Farrell and Callum Allcock weighed in with two goals each for the visitors.
Sunday's Division One action saw Jordan Griffiths bag the game's only goal, as Primrose Liscard gleaned all three points from their trip to Lever Bushell Athletic.
And it was business as usual for last season's Division Two champions, Higher Bebington RBL, who had hat-trick star Aaron Doyle in fine fettle in his side's 5-2 win at Bromborough Social. An Aaron Buckley strike and an own goal completed the total.
Another promoted side, Bebington, also profited on the day after a Darren Graham treble and a Matty Kerr effort, secured a 4-1 first day triumph over Forum Athletic, who had Tom Farrell in reply.
In Division Two, Gladstone Athletic started off like a house on fire and looked good for all three points after goals from Dean McCrudden, Scott Wilson and Gaz Dickinson put them in cruise control at 3-0, before Port Sunlight reduced the deficit to 3-2.
Sunlight were then unfortunate to be denied a point after Gladstone keeper Steve McGuire pulled off a superb late penalty save.
Anthony Ferguson was on the mark as Star Ozzys opened their account with a single goal success at Halfway House, but goals from man of the match Jamie Rainford and Tim Payne were insufficient as Champions Bar capitulated 3-2 to Bromborough.
Two goals from Joe Unsworth and a Lewy Galloway effort were enough for the visitors.
At Ness Park a see-saw battle between Wirral Athletic and Bronze culminated in a 2-2 draw.
Ben Winstanley gave Wirral the lead after two minutes and a further strike from Alex Hennessy increased the home side's advantage before the Wallasey outfit hit back through Richie Hughes and Robbie Nugent to salvage a creditable point.
Division One side MSC Eastham are still on the lookout for players to bolster their title challenge. For a trial, telephone club secretary Paul Gee on 0151 201 0942 or 07944 968 599.
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