ACTION got underway in the Tommy Rogers Skelmersdale & District Sunday League at the weekend, writes Kevin Mulholland.
There were plenty of goals across the division as the sides returned to competitive football.
There were also several new teams making their first appearance in the league after signing up over the summer.
The Duck 1 Toby 2
THIS was a highly entertaining encounter with two very evenly-matched teams playing some quality football.
It was The Duck who opened the scoring with what proved to be the only goal of the first half with a great finish from Liam Smith on 39 minutes.
Toby roared back in the second period though, as Steve Dee levelled the scores after 52 minutes.
Substitute Ryan Quine then sealed the victory on 73 minutes as Toby got their season off to a flyer.
Highwayman 3 Elm House 0
THIS was a convincing win for Highwayman on the opening day which saw new signing Mark King mark his debut in style by opening the scoring after just eight minutes.
Highwayman really asserted their authority in the second half as Paul Stuart made it 2-0 after 47 minutes and Mark King rounded off the victory with his second after 56.
Vill Inn 2 Hare & Hounds 2
VILLAGE INN took this game to Hare & Hounds as they looked to take advantage of a below strength away team.
Hare & Hounds were only able to field nine players for their season opener and the hosts took advantage in the first half.
When L Rouge put Village ahead in the 26th minute it looked as though they were favourites to seal three points against their under-strength opponents.
But after the break the nine men incredibly turned the game around.
Two minutes after half time Ryan Wallace found an equaliser and from then on Hare & Hounds looked the stronger of the two sides.
Lewis Johnson then put Hare ahead after 61 minutes and looked set to record an impressive triumph against the odds.
But after holding on to their lead for almost half an hour Paul Davies popped up with four minutes remaining to equalise and break the hearts of the visitors.
Railway 6 The Tanner 2
ANOTHER entertaining game with both teams trying to play attacking football, it was Newton who struck the first blow for Tanner after 13 minutes – only to see Storey level for Railway a minute later.
Railway then started to take control with Atherton making it 2-1 before the break and Newell adding third after 15 minutes of the second half.
King pulled a goal back only for Atherton to grab his second in the 68th minute.
Bowen rounded off the scoring in the 79th minute.
Kennlewood BB 13 A’worth 0
DESPITE the scoreline this match was not as one-sided as it appears and Ashworth will have better days. Goalscorers for Kennlewood Butty Bar were Liam Rice (4), Davy Wilson, Paul Smith (5), Kyle Lewis and Dale Owen.