THE 50th season of the Chester & District Sunday League kicked off in fitting fashion as the oldest clubs battled it out on the opening day.
Dee Rangers ran out 4-3 winners at Waverton in Abbey Taxis Section B thanks to goals from Rob Kennelly (2), Sam Yeats, Dan Brownley.
Adam Hughes (2) and Harry Muggeridge offered the replies for Waverton in a match which was refereed by the Chester football scene’s oldest serving official, the 70 years young John ‘Titch’ McHugh.
Individual feat of the day came from super sub James Andrew.
Andrew stepped off the bench to score the perfect hat-trick – one goal with his left, another with his right, plus one with his head – in AFC Lock Vaults’ 8-0 victory at Northgate Village.
Michael Sirret also helped himself to a hat-trick for Vaults, whose scoring was completed by Jake Price and Arran Hinchcliffe.
Neil McQuaide and Scott Bainbridge reduced the deficit as Blacon Youth went down 7-2 at home to Tattenhall on their league debut.
FC Frodsham (Kevin Hughes 2, David Robinson 2, Stuart McGee, Sean Mackin) won 6-3 at fellow newcomers St Theresa’s (Peter Sandbach 2, Danny Tushingham) and Red Door drew 2-2 at home to FC Hickory’s.
Tarvin Rex (Martin Fitzsimmons 3, Shaun Page 2, Ally Taylor) were the big hitters in Concorde Trophies Section A, winning 6-0 at home to Custom House.
Performance of the day came from FC Blacon as they battled back to draw 3-3 at defending champions Corner Pin LG (Gareth Jones, Shaun Smith, Luke Roberts).
Scott Chard grabbed a last-gasp equaliser for Blacon, who had earlier led through Lee Bennion and Adam Cheers.
FC Bull & Stirrup were beaten 4-1 at home by Saltney Ferry (Kevin Garland, Brian McCreary 2, Dave Forbes) but another promoted side, AFC Lache (Aden Callaghan, Warren Kelly 2), won 3-1 at Saltney Social (Liam McGovern) despite finishing the game with 10 men.
Upton Youth Centre (Kevin Sharpe pen, Gareth Breeze) triumphed 2-1 at Highfield Athletic (Sam Henry).
There was a full programme of matches on Tuesday. Tarvin made it two wins from two in Section A as they recorded a 7-1 success at Upton.
Vicars Cross Dynamos were even more ruthless, winning their opener 9-1 away to Highfield, while Custom House got off the mark with a 3-1 victory at Bull & Stirrup.
Frodsham and Dee Rangers continued their perfect starts to Section B. They won 5-0 at home to Blacon Youth and 6-3 at home to Hickory’s respectively.
Northgate Village were 1-0 winners at Lock Vaults, St Theresa’s edged out visiting Tattenhall 4-3, while Waverton drew 2-2 at home to Spital Vaults.