The first big local derby of an action-packed season in the Premier Premier Division of the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE resulted in joy for newly-promoted STATION HOTEL (HUCKNALL).
Station, who ran away with the Premier First Division title without losing a game last term, are one of four Hucknall teams in the top flight.
And they couldn’t have made a better start, edging to a 1-0 victory over BARFLYS H2O (formerly Plough Barflys). The only goal of the game was potted by Ryan Norris.
Lower down the league, THE NABB INN opened what they hope will be a bid for promotion with a 3-0 win over Eastwood and Kimberley in Senior Division Two.
Nabb, who finished sixth last season, cruised home thanks to goals from Daniel Jones, Stuart York and Aaron Thomas.
In Senior Division Three, newcomers to the league, BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE, made an encouraging start with a 3-2 victory away to The Castle Inn.
Chris Whittaker was on target twice for the home side, but two goals from Rocky Bennett-Bull and one from Luke Mitchell pocketed the points for Bestwood.
LOCAL teams made contrasting starts to the new season in the Premier Division of the NOTTS SUNDAY COMBINATION.
For while MELLISH slid to a 5-0 reverse at Blacks Head, LORD NELSON eased to a 5-3 success at home to Elwes Arms.
David Evans (2), Sean Allen, Adam Jackson and Jason Newbold were the players on the mark for Nelson.
Hucknall outfit AFC ROLLS-ROYCE had a morning to forget in their opening match of the 2013/14 campaign at Kimberley Miners Welfare in Division One.
For they were hammered 4-0 thanks to goals from Robbie May, Daniel Belcher, Bradley Blatherwick and Tom Syson.
In Division Three, MELLISH RESERVES celebrated the big kick-off with a goal spree in their first two matches.
Mellish started with a 9-0 mauling of Notts United, which included an Ashley Chadwick hat-trick and strikes from Kieran Perry, Richard Jones, Adam Cellino, Jack Belford and Kieran Green also on target to add to an own goal.
And then Chadwick hit another treble as they romped home 6-0 away to Medz. Perry struck again, while a couple of own goals also helped the Bulwell side on their way.