The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier
Published 18th August 2012
Jimmy Quinn`s Nantwich Town side started off like a train, winning 5-0 at Causeway Lane against Matlock Town with Kyle Wilson scoring twice after 16 and 65 minutes and Mark Beesley on 35, Sean Cooke on 71 and Will Jones 4 minutes later adding the others.
Newly-promoted Witton Albion edged out relegated Blyth Spartans 2-1 at Wincham Park, taking a 10th minute lead through Shaun Tuck and then winning it in the last minute after Robbie Dale`s 14th minute equaliser, thanks to Anthony Gardner`s penalty.
Eastwood Town, who came down from Blue Square Bet North with Blyth, also lost their opening game 2-0 at Marine, for whom new boy Marcus Carver and Andy Fowler were on target after 27 and 43 minutes respectively.
Grantham Town, who came up via the play-offs, lost 4-2 at the Meres to FC United of Manchester, whose followers boosted the attendance to 1,220.
They saw Paul Grimes give the Gingerbreads a 12th minute lead, but by the time Sam Puricoe netted the hosts` second in the 53rd minute, FC United were 3-1 ahead through Adam Jones, Jerome Wright and Carlos Roca, with Mike Norton adding a fourth on 67 minutes.
Newly-promoted duo Ilkeston FC and AFC Fylde met at the New Manor Ground and shared a 1-1 draw in which Adam Sumner put the visitors in front after 52 minutes only for Gary Ricketts to level within 3 minutes.
Rushall Olympic battled to a single goal victory at the Turbull Ground against Whitby Town.
The defining moment of the contest arrived after 58 minutes when Dave Walker rose highest to power a header into the roof of the net following a corner.
Ashton United won an eight-goal thriller at Hurst Cross against Worksop Town, who led through Leon Mettam after 10 minutes.
Ben Deegan equalised 10 minutes later and assistant boss Craig Robinson made it 2-1 to the hosts 4 minutes later.
Mettam levelled matters with his second on 41 minutes, but Aaron Burns for Ashton and Steve Towers for the Tigers scored just before the break to make it 3-3.
But Deegan`s second on 62 minutes and then Matty Barlow 3 minutes from time sealed victory for Danny Johnson`s side.
The day`s other winners were Hednesford Town, who edged out Frickley Athletic 3-2 at Keys Park.
James Ghaichem put the visitors in front after 29 minutes, but Elliott Durrell`s spot-kick pulled the Pitmen back on terms on 36 minutes.
A Neil Harvey double in the 50th and 66th minute turned the game in the home side`s favour and they held firm, despite Tom Johnston`s 79th minute reply.
The games at Kendal Town and North Ferriby United both ended in draws.
Kendal found themselves a goal down just before half-time when Danny Quinn put Stafford Rangers in front.
But a Jimmy Turner own goal on 56 minutes pulled the hosts back on terms, only for Christian Dacres to restore Rangers` lead on 63 minutes.
That looked like being the winner until Danny Williams popped up with a last-gasp equaliser for the Cumbrians.
Gregg Anderson`s goal on the half-hour mark looked to be enough for Ferriby against Buxton until Grant Black grabbed a stoppage time equaliser.