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Champions Honeybourne suffer first-day setback
7:40am Saturday 7th September 2013 in Sport
BIRDSEYE Sports Evesham Sunday League Division One champions Honeybourne Gate Inn suffered defeat in the season’s opener.
Visitors Pinvin United came from 2-0 down to claim the points with a thrilling 6-5 success thanks to a Mark Bellamy hat-trick and goals from Bulford, Izod and Shepherd.
Honeybourne replied through Ward (2), Layton (2) and an own goal.
The division’s new boys started well with Fladbury Athletic hitting back from two down at the break to edge out Eckington 4-3 with Beattie bagging a hat-trick.
Pershore High Old Boys shared the spoils with Broadway United 2-2 as Lee Ridings scored twice and Rich and Evans replied.
Much-fancied Bear defeated Evesham WMC 4-2 with Smith (2), Davis and Staley on target, while Grady and Kacheche netted for the visitors.
Defford/Besford United were ahead against pre-season favourites Bretforton Old Boys, thanks to Lee Barton (2) and Francome, but Bretforton won 4-3 through Baird (2), Harris and Witts.
Offenham Rovers began life back in Division Two with a 6-1 win at Bredon through goals from Dean Cox (3), Grant Pinkney (2) and Burrows.
AC Olympia were equally impressive against Cidermill, scoring six via Elliott (2), Barnes, White, Clayton and Holleron.
Tewkesbury Town earned the local bragging rights with a 4-0 win over WMK as Pettitt (3) and Driscoll scored.
Second-half strikes from Warren, Colston and Stevens helped Tesco United triumph 3-1 at Alderton with Clarke replying.
In Division Three, Alcester Town edged out Dragons 3-2 thanks to Mumford, Kenyon and Richardson, while Mullins hit a brace in response.
Anchor Harriers defeated Ecosamba 3-1 with goals from Taylor, Heritage and Crenan.
James, Evans, Craze and Duncan helped Ashton overcome Fairfield 4-3.
Broadway United Reserves led through Davies before Elmley Castle grabbed a point with a Morgan equaliser.
Newcomers Fortis started well with a 4-3 Division Four victory over Pebworth through Wheatley, Pollachi, Paul and Wallace, while Steve Sprigg notched a hat-trick for their opponents.
Dalloway and Ferguson saw Stratford United win 2-0 at Bengeworth and Boulter and Shepherd were on target for Ambassador in a 2-0 victory over Harvington.
Vale Wanderers defeated Stour Excelsior Reserves 2-0 thanks to Edgworth and Foxall.
Tewkesbury Town Reserves and Sun Inn produced 14 goals with 10 in the firsthalf.
Lane (2), Gaine (2), Kavanagh (2), Bennett and Sutherland scored for Town who won 8-6 with Collins (3), Mullard, Stratford and an own goal for the Inn.
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