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A round-up of the action from the Watford Sunday League
11:21am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
Last season’s league champions Bushey might have hoped for an easier opener to this year’s campaign having been drawn against Oxhey Estates, but any fears they had were quickly dispelled as the ran out 6-1 winners with goals from Ashley Harwood, Glen O’Malley, Ben Hiney, Jamie Brown and a brace from Chris Blunden. Luke Lloyd replied for the visitors.
Croxley Green Community Centre’s Harry Brock got off the mark with two goals at home to St Josephs but the brace couldn’t prevent his side from going down 4-2. Jack Brown (2), Sean Sonner and Lewis Koch struck for Joes.
Two teams who finished on level points and narrowly escaped relegation last season met on the opening day and it was Gadeside Rangers who got off to the perfect start as they thumped Wellington Arms 8-0.
Two goals from Dave Rooney were supported by one each from Russ Popplewell, Daniel Brooks, Jason Brownhill, Danny Everitt and Matt Evans and an own goal.
Hammer will be looking to improve on last season’s mid-table finish but they got off to a disappointing start as they were beaten 2-1 by West Herts.
Mark Hansard put Hammer in front shortly before the interval but the visitors equalised when Vlad Dragomir was bundled over in the area and Adam Randall fired home the resulting penalty.
The game could have gone either way but with ten minutes remaining Sam Saleh squared the ball from the left for Dragomir and he fired home to secure the points for the Stags.
Newly-promoted AFC Spartians faced a stern test away against the consistently strong Oakview, whose class and experience helped them beat the newcomers 4-2.
The goals were scored by Adam Lowton, Warren Gladdy and Lee Armitt although they had to rely on an own goal to make the game safe.
Liam Stapleton and Tom Durcan scored for the visitors, who proved that they are not in the top flight to simply to make up the numbers.
Newly-formed Cassiobury Rangers took on Mill End Sports and justified the league’s decision to put them straight into this division by winning 3-1 thanks to goals from Jake Mortimer, Frank Bland and Jack Henly. Craig Brownsell replied for Mill End.
Chorleywood Club opened their season with a home match against Woodside, another new club drafted straight into the first division.
Woodside went ahead through Tom Toomey but were eventually beaten 4-1 as a brace from Drew Snailham and strikes from Joe Fox and Lewis Edwards sealed the win for Wood.
Evergreen, who were promoted directly from Division Three, took on last season’s Division Two runners-up Bushey Bimecc.
The result went with the formbook and Jon Croft and Paul Kenwright were on target to complete a 2-0 victory for Bushey.
Croxley, formerly known as CK Guild, faced Rifle Volunteer and despite both sides creating chances throughout, poor finishing meant the game ended goalless.
AFC Bushey renewed last season’s battle with Hammer Reserves and, despite two goals from Ryan Legge, they suffered a 5-2 defeat.
Gary Wicks, Gary Hennicke, Tony Masters and two from lan Dunton saw Hammer take the three points.
New club Colne Valley got off to the perfect start as they defeated Langleybury Cricket Club, who were relegated last season, 3-0.
Max Harris, Andy Bisley and Louis Collar-Smith scored for the newcomers.
Another team experiencing this division for the first time are promoted Hertsmere (Sunday), who met Geen Dragon.
In a one-sided contest, Dragon ran out 8-1 winners thanks to hat-tricks from Dean Parratt and Dave O’Sullivan and one each from Keifer Shuttleworth and Sam Margerisson.
Old Fullerians opened their campaign with a confident 8-1 win at home to Sun Postal Sports.
A hat-trick from Stephen Pich was added to by a brace from Craig Totton and singles from Martin Donnelly, Ben Williams and Phil Siedler. Sam Hakner netted the visitors’ consolation.
Promoted Racing Santandome travelled to AFC Oddfellows but struggled to step up in their opening fixture and were beaten 5-1.
Michael Lambert, Mick Wherle, Connor Flanagan, Matt Coultham and Dale Freeman scored for Oddfellows, while Scott Porter bagged Racing’s consolation.
Railway Arms made the perfect start to the new campaign as they defeated Amici 7-4 thanks in part to four goals from Joe Mitchell.
Stefano Pepe netted twice and Adam Bentley was also on target.
Amici demonstrated their competitive spirit with Scott Reid, David Morrish and Mitch Weiss (2) on the scoresheet.
Croxley Reserves faced new club RD FC and took all three points after winning 5-3 thanks to a hat-trick from Rishi Doshi and goals from Steve Bunting and Jason Quilley.
The visitors kept the result in doubt until the end however, following a strike from Declan Dunning and a brace from Adam de Swarte.
If relegated Dome Bar Area were expecting an easier ride this season they were given a reality check after losing 5-2 to last season’s Division Four champions Rickmanswoth Rovers.
Sean Cabey netted twice and was supported by goals from Adam Seabrook, D Mallett and James Budden.
Michael Napolitano and Glen Smith scored for Dome but they proved nothing more than consolation efforts.
Promoted team Oxhey Lions also found it difficult as they lost 5-3 to Shenley Wood.
Nicky Martin, Bobby McElwee plus a hat-trick from the impressive Jamie Hazell secured the three points for Lions.
Ryan Walsh and two from Jamie Bowen meant Lions had to remain focused until the final whistle.
Met Police Bushey, who were demoted directly from Division One, travelled to South Oxhey to face last season’s strugglers, Carpenders Park Rangers.
It came as no surprise that Bushey came away with a 7-0 win thanks to a hat-trick from Richard Taylor and singles from Costas Harris, Sherif Eltahnawy, Hassan Zelzale and an own goal.
Green Dragon Reserves started their season at home to West Watford and took all three points after winning 4-1.
Goals from Lewis Walker Gary Purdy, Chris Agger and Marcus Montgomery secured the three points.
Rickmansworth Athletic maintained their good form from their previous campaign as they kicked off with a 3-0 win against last season’s whipping boys, AFC Bushey Reserves.
Athletic’s win came thanks to goals from Shane Kitts, Nicky Thomas and Simon Lee.
Sun Postal United suffered a relegation hangover as they were beaten 7-0 by West Herts Reserves.
A hat-trick from Rob Boarder, a personal achievement having played little football over the last two seasons due to injuries, and further goals from Jones, Gandy, Makaveev and McConnon completed the rout.
Two newly-formed clubs faced off at Woodside and it was North Watford who were celebrating victory after defeating Watford Town 5-1.
Ajmel Ahmed, Jawwad Ahmed, Usman Ali, James Chamberlain and Orlando Meredit all scored for North Watford, while Town’s reply came from Aaron Crawford.
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