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Pilot grounded by red-hot Connaught

By Nick Elwell | Grassroots | Published:

A stunning first-half goal blitz fired Connaught to victory on the opening day of the Wolverhampton Sunday League season.

League newcomers Health and District bagged a 1-1 draw in their clash with Ryans Rhinos

Connaught had trailed to an early strike in their Division Two clash with Pilot but hit back in devastating fashion before half-time.

The host netted six times in a crazy 25-minute spell before adding a seventh in a more subdued second period that ended with Pilot bagging two late consolation efforts.

Leon Gordon led the way for Connaught with a hat-trick and he was joined on the scoresheet by team-mates Dan Burns (two), Ramanjot Sahi and Rodney Williams.

Curtis Taylor, Oscar Charlesworth and Jack Benton were the men on target for Pilot.

Dynamo 50 Stile also kicked off with a victory as they ran out 3-0 winners at home to Tipton Town Sunday.

Calum Cooper, Ryan Mason and Reece Mason all struck in the second half for the hosts.

Belgrade bagged a 3-1 away-day triumph at UTC Collins thanks to goals from Sam Conway, Charlie Cook and Andy Turvey.

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Essington WMC and Wednesfield 86 both won 2-1 ­­- Essington away to Golden Lion and Wednesfiled at home to AFC Bradmore.

Wednesfield Red Lion roared to victory in their opening Premier Division clash.

After battling to a 2-1 interval lead at Concero, Red Lion upped their game in the second half to add three unanswered goals.

Matty Jones, Mark Saysell, Tim Griffiths and Ashley Dicken, with a brace, found the net for Red Lion. Concero’s scorer was Jon Allbut.

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Emerald slipped to a 3-0 reverse at home to AFC Jacks.

The visitors took the lead on 25 minutes through Nathan Stone but had to wait until the 80th minute before Sean Williams added their second. on 80 mins. A late penalty from David Meese sealed the win.

Otter & Vixen edged out AFC Bentley 2-1 in a keenly-contested clash.

The home side struck first on the half-hour mark when Tony Russon converted a cross from Shaun Campbell.

Bentley hit back to level before half-time thanks to a stunning 25-yard free-kick from Isaac Cooper.

But it was Otter who nicked the win when Campbell played a slick one-two with Luke Findley and then finished calmly.

SWL Spartak 1-4 Penn Tandoori Sundats proved too hot to handle as goals from Ashley Evans, Kyle Brady, Joe Williams and Alex Hyde saw them win 4-1 at SWL Spartak. Michael Croghan netted a consolation for the hosts.

A half-time pep talk from manager Mick McCarthy had the desired effect as Tettenhall Royal Oak hit back to beat Bradmore Social 4-3.

Visiting Bradmore had led 3-1 at the break thanks to goals from Aaron Morgan, Abdul Nasri and Sam Pursall – the first one arriving with less than a minute on the clock.

McCarthy the dished out a stern but fair dressing down which lead to an improved second-half display from his charges.

John Nedic struck twice and Jermaine Bowen added to his first-half effort to clinch the points for the home side.

TK Wanderers were also 4-3 winners ­– against Royal FC.

Steve Rouse, Paul Phillips, Danny Ryder and an own goal saw Wanderers home.

Two goals from Connor Forrester and one from Leigh Edwards saw Warstones Wanderers beat Royal George 3-1.

A stunning half-volley from Ben Round earned Punjab United a 1-0 success at Balls to Cancer while AFC Merryboys battled to a 3-1 win over Bilbrook Spartans.

ECC Sports and Castlecroft served up a nine-goal thriller in division Three.

The game was all square at 1-1 at half-time but then exploded into life in the second period with Sports finally emerging 5-4 winners.

Jarmar Jakeman (two), Leo Nazzri, Jamie Morris and Kyle Matthews were on target for Sports.

Daniel Turkington and Carl Guinn bagged the goals that secured a 2-1 success for RG FC at home to Dudley United.

Craig Smith was the match-winner for Hill Top Rangers as he bagged both their goals in a 2-1 win against Wolverhampton Sports gnst.

Ashmore beat Sporting Phoenix 2-1 while Summerhill won 4-3 at Sprintz Old Boys.

A solitary strike from xxxx saw Churchill Royal Oak to victory over Tettenhall.

Division 4 new-boys Black Country Fusion hit a magnificent seven in their first Sunday League outing.

The score sheet opens up with Steve Falls and Alex Kendall put them 2-0 up at the break against Woodman Inn before a fine second-half display saw them add five further goals through Larry Adeanjju (two), Alex Bendall, Richard Finch and Jonny Chapman.

Rhys Lampitt, Luke Cole, Daniel Johnson and Adam Dunn were on target for AFC Angel in their 4-2 win at home to GSA Wolverhampton.

Hot-shot Reece Potts netted a hat-trick and Connor Potts and Scott Parker struck once each in Three Cups’ 5-2 triumph over Saint Michael. Tobiasz Cichy and Bartosz Prus scored for the visitors.

Health Direct and Ryan's Rhinos shared the points following a 1-1 draw while AE Noahs Ark ran riot at Punjabi Wolves, winning 8-0.

Nick Elwell

By Nick Elwell
Grassroots Sports Editor

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