Celebrating the unveiling of a new name, a new kit and new sponsors, Green Dragon, now known as HALF MOON, got their season off to a winning start.
Managed by Norma Hatfield, one of the few female bosses in Sunday football, Moon came up against Queen Adelaide in the First Round of the Notts FA Sunday Senior County Cip.
And although Adelaide have been promoted to the same division in the Sunday Morning League, Hatfield’s troops were far too strong for them, winning 4-1.
They went ahead midway through the first half when winger Calum Curtis latched on to a route-one kick from man-of-the-match ‘keeper Jamie Taylor. And it was 2-0 by the break as midfielder Chris Fletcher slotted a perfect ball in to the path of Matt Lucas, who made no mistake.
Adelaide halved the deficit through Rob McCoy from close range and later brought a superb save from Taylor, followed by a goalline clearance by new signing Joe Priestley.
But Moon sealed their ticket to the next round with goals from Kane Matthews and Danny Taylor.
RELIEVED ATHLETICO T8’S bounced back from a derby drubbing on the opening day of the season in the Notts Sunday Morning League’s Premier First Division.
After crashing 6-3 to Hucknall rivals THE EMPIRE, Athletico triumphed 3-1 at Premium in their second game.
Ryan Orton, Aidan England and Ryan Tennant were the men on target, with Alastair Claxton replying for Premium.
THE challenge of a higher division is failing to knock BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE off the winning path in the Notts Sunday Morning League.
Crowned champions of Senior Division Three last season, Bestwood have now won both games in Senior Two after a 5-2 success at The Castle Inn. Darren Ward netted two of the goals, with the others coming from Rocky Bennett-Bull, Adam Price-Henson and David Donachie.
A REMARKABLE performance by player/manager Paul Prewett made it two matches, two wins for AFC DOWHAN, the Hucknall side formed in honour of car-crash victim Craig Dowhan.
Dowhan, who play their home matches at Linby Colliery Welfare’s ground, followed up their opening-day success with a 7-3 hammering of Wollaton Hall in the Senior Third Division of the Notts Sunday Morning League.
And Prewett was the hero, introducing himself as a substitute for the second half with the score at 2-2 and promptly scoring four goals! It would have been five but he also missed a penalty!
Dowhan trailed 2-0 in the opening 15 minutes, but were level by the break thanks to captain Luke Parkin, who delivered a free-kick for Damo Balandowitz to score and then headed in a Dean Rodgers cross.
After Prewett’s entrance, Wollaton did square it up at 3-3 at one stage. But they were well beaten by the time Bala ndowitz grabbed his second late on.
FOUR goals from man-of-the-match Joe Cox helped HUCKNALL WARRIORS to their first victory as an adult side .
Warriors won 7-1 at Beechdale in the Third Division of the EMPAL Sunday League, with Liam Burley, Alex Galloway and Connor Griffin also hitting the target.
The clinical Cox had his hat-trick by the 23rd minute.