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Great Start For New Boys South Shields

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South Shields have come into the Evo-Stik League North as champions of the Ebac Northern League with many pundits tipping them to go straight through to the Premier.

And they made a good start as the season got underway when they won 2-1 at Shawe View against Trafford.

The Buildbase FA Vase winners had to come back from a 38th minute James Dean goal down to win though, thanks to former Gateshead striker Jon Shaw right on the cusp of half-time and then Carl Finnigan just past the hour-mark.

There`s not quite so many expectations heaped on the other promoted team, Hallmark Security League champions Atherton Collieries.

However, they too began with a good away success – 2-0 at neighbouring Colne, thanks to an early 4th minute Ben Hardcastle effort and one from Jordan Cover 2 minutes from time.

Relegated Skelmersdale United didn`t start as well, however, going down 1-0 at Brighouse Town, whose Aaron Martin proved to be the match-winner 9 minutes into the second half.

The biggest crowd of the day in the division – 1,385 – finally welcomed Scarborough Athletic back home in their new Flamingo Land Stadium.

However, the game was something of a damp squid as Hyde United held Boro to a goalless draw.

The opening day`s biggest winners were Mossley AFC, who won 5-2 at Parkside against Kendal Town, who led 2-1 at the break after Connor Gaul and Aaron Taylor had cancelled out Jack Tuohy`s 2nd minute opener for the Lilywhites.

But a second for Tuohy and singles from Adam Latham, Sam Gibson and Mason Duffy sealed a great start for the Tamesiders.

Glossop North End are fancied to do well and they started well with a 3-0 success at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds against Goole AFC.

Ben Deegan`s goal was all that separated the teams at the break, but Dale Johnson and Jude Oyibo added second half goals for the Hillmen.

Jerome Wright had a debut to remember as his new Ramsbottom United side edged out Tadcaster Albion 2-1 at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

The former FC United of Manchester favourite bagged a brace in the 8th and then 86th minutes to outgun Tom Corner`s 41st minute reply for Taddy.

Matt Lawlor netted a 77th minute winner for Bamber Bridge at Stainton Park against Radcliffe Borough.

Earlier, Macauley Parkinson had put Brig one-up in the 29th minute, only for Kurt Sherlock to level within 6 minutes.

The Ossett sides had very differing opening day outcomes.

Albion lost 3-0 at Dimple Wells to Colwyn Bay, for whom Astley Mulholland bagged a brace sandwiched by a Jack Kelleher effort – all in the final 17 minutes.

Town, though, won 2-1 at Valerie Park against Prescot Cables with a 14th minute Ashley Jackson penalty and a 32nd minute Kai Hancock effort – Jordan Southworth replying in stoppage time for Cables.

Clitheroe were the day`s other winners, 2-0 at home to Droyslden, courtesy of Sefton Gonzales after 23 minutes and Kurt Willoughby 9 minutes into the second half.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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