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S/East round-up: Home discomforts for seven

By James Gordon

Stocksbridge Park Steels spent much of the first half of last season squabbling at the bottom of the table, but they start this one at the top after a 4-0 drubbing of Kidsgrove Athletic.

Scott Ruthven’s sixth minute goal sent them all the way, but they had to wait until the 80th minute to be sure of the points, Luke Mangham scoring the first of his two goals in as many minutes before Lewis Whitham added a fourth for a no doubt pleasant trip back home on the first day.

While there were five draws in 10 games in the N/West division, there was just one in the 10 games in the S/East division, and that came at Ilkeston Town, who marked their first game back in the NPL with a goalless draw against Cleethorpes Town in front of a step four high crowd of 602.

Of the nine games that went one way or the other, only two went in the favour of home teams as the travelling sides had an opening day to remember.

One of those was at the home of football, where Sheffield kicked off their season with a 2-1 win over Newcastle Town.

Ben Turner and Mitchell Dunne scored within five minutes of each other either side of the half hour mark, meaning Jack Van Der Laan’s goal on 74 minutes was just consolation.

Loughborough Dynamo were the other home winners, beating Worksop Town 3-2.

Leon Mettam put the Tigers in front, only for it to be cancelled out by Curtis Burrows barely a minute later.

Burrows then added his second from the penalty spot and Will Norcross gave Dynamo a two goal cushion on the stroke of half time.

Andrew Gascoigne pulled a goal back on 50 minutes, but the hosts held on for the three points.

Reprieved from relegation last term, Carlton Town got off to the perfect start in this campaign as they won 2-0 away at Lincoln United.

Goals in either half from Aaron Opoku and Oliver Clarke settled the match.

Spalding United, who finished just above the relegation zone last season, were also 2-0 winners away at Sutton Coldfield Town.

A Jamie Jackson penalty put them in front on 19 minutes, and Ben Richards made sure of the points in the second half.

Leek Town won 2-0 too, beating Wisbech Town 2-0.

Darren Chadwick scored a first half penalty, before Jacob Twyford scored on the hour mark.

There was a seven goal thriller at Market Drayton Town, as they came out on the wrong side of a 4-3 against Belper Town.

Zeph Thomas scored a fifth minute penalty to give Belper the lead, Harvey Howell’s equaliser making it 1-1 at the break.

Nathan Curtis put Belper back in front on 47 minutes, but two goals in three minutes from Howell and Charles Knowles put the hosts 3-2 in front.

George Milner equalised with 20 to play, and Nathan Curtis struck the winner two minutes from time.

Glossop North End went down 1-0 at home to Stamford, Cosmos Matwasa scoring the only goal of the game two minutes in to the second half, while Chasetown were 3-0 winners at Frickley Athletic.

Rian McLean and Liam Kirton put them two goals up by half time, and George Cater made sure of a comfortable afternoon six minutes after the restart.

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