A full round-up of the action from the first weekend of the colts season in Huntingdonshire
BUCKDEN Vultures avenged the two defeats they suffered at the hands of Fenstanton last season with a 7-3 win.
The visiting Vultures soared into a two-goal lead thanks to Joe Hitchin (2), and James Beamish was also on the mark for a double. Single strikes went to George Pope, Lewis Morton and Jason Graham.
Stukeley Meadows came within a whisker of forcing a draw against Priory after Jake Galloway, Jonnie Scarborough-Moore and Lenox Atherton (2) had netted for Meadows.
Warboys recorded a 7-3 win over Hemingford. Daniel Chilvers was on fire with four goals, Ryan Bullard bagged a pair and Danny Carrigan netted the other.
Priory S started the season with a bang by beating Alconbury White 7-1. The Priory goals came from Sammy Fraser, Harri Clarke, Eddie Rowe, Huseyin Aslan and a double from Josh Manton.
PRIORY Parkside F keeper George Brooks played a blinder to keep Sawtry at bay.
At the other end Iwen Jones bagged four and Owen Bevan notched a hat-trick as Priory won 10-2. Jamie Bunn was the Sawtry marksman.
Ramsey A’s visit to Warboys ended in a 3-3 draw but Rams B suffered a 6-2 reversal against Somersham Black.
It finished honours even after an exciting game between Needingworth and Buckden Hawks. Debutant Dominic Holding netted a double for Needingworth and Connor Strong got on the scoresheet in the 3-3 draw.
Priory D won their game against St Ives 8-4 with Josh Osbourne and Ritchie Lambert taking hat-tricks and Bradley Emmett scoring a brace.
Alconbury opened up their campaign by beating Somersham Gold 6-2. Samuel Martin scored two and Jack Goodyear notched his first ever hat-trick for Alconbury.
Alconbury Blues beat St Ives Rangers 5-3 thanks to a hat-trick from Jack Wyles and strikes from Travis Paynter and Ben Taylor.
ALCONBURY Reds’ Leopard Bragg sprung the home defence to give his side the lead against Godmanchester.
But in an all-action second half, two Sam Borroughes strikes gave Goddy the win.
Alconbury Blues took a two-goal lead against Brampton and though a Jordan Locke strike cut the deficit they held on to win 2-1.
Ramsey A and B both went down to the Rowdies. The A side lost 4-0 to Rowdies K while Rams B found life even tougher, losing 6-0 to Rowdies F. Scorers included Freddie Francis, Hugo Silva and Kieran Kirschner, but the goal of the day came from goalkeeper Lewis Edmunds, who netted in a brief outfield appearance.
Hemingford visited Warboys and there was little to choose between the teams. After a scoreless first half, the second seemed destined to finish goalless until Bertie Kemp nipped in to give Hemingford a 1-0 win with a minute left on the clock.
HUNTINGDON Rowdies left opponents Newmarket at the start as they romped away to a superb 5-0 win.
Goals came from Alfie Kitchin, Antony Abthorpe, Martin Saunders and a Joseph Brown double strike.
Ramsey overcame a hard-working Warboys 9-4 with Liam Carrigan netting five and Robbie Arthur bagging four goals. Finlay Alston struck a fine hat-trick for Warboys.
Godmanchester returned from Littleport with the points after a 5-3 win. Josh Bavester netted twice and goals from Cameron Campbell and Callum Alexander and own goal put the icing on the cake.
NEEDINGWORTH Yellow tamed the Willingham Wolves to record a fine 4-0 win.
Andrew Brock was the player with the golden boots as he netted all four. To the Wolves’ credit they crashed off the woodwork twice in the second half as the Needingworth goal led a charmed life.
Needingworth Blue were five down after a first half to forget against Haverhill. Strikes from Adam Parmenter, Callum Sheppeard and captain Olly Mead during a second-half revival made the 5-3 defeat more palatable.
An injury to the St Ives Rangers A goalkeeper inside five minutes proved to be costly as hosts Newmarket ran up a 5-0 scoreline despite Rangers’ best efforts.
Bradley Mead was determined in defence for Godmanchester Rovers at Littleport, and Jack Donnallan netted a fine goal, but Rovers ended well beaten 5-1.
Ramsey could not find their feet against Alconbury and were defeated 7-0.
Oliver Curliss-Ackrill and Adam Dawson bagged one each for Priory Parkside but Soham pulled away to win 6-2.
Two Sam Kingswell penalties and goals for Jack Jenkins and James Barkshire couldn’t save Stukeley Meadows from the wrong end of a 6-4 result against St Ives Rangers.
Rangers’ goals came from Andrew Chapman (2), Cameron Loggie, Luke Halliwell, Kris Atherton and Joe Fishburne.
Keeper Jacob Peel pulled off a number of great saves to give Somersham a share of the spoils in their 0-0 result against Sawston.
Six goals from Jake Bennett and other strikes from Riain Kilgour, Adam Smith, Robin Way and Alfie Burton gave Sawtry a winning start against Spalding.
The scoreline could have been a rugby result as Spalding netted seven for the game to end 10-7 in Sawtry’s favour.
BRAMPTON Spartans A put in a good second half to beat Little Paxton 6-1.
Ellis Ogle notched the only goal in the first half and completed his hat-trick in the second. Other second-half goals came from Doug Reynolds (2) and George Smith.
Godmanchester proved too strong for Ramsey, who saw Jordan Mays net their goal in a 6-1 defeat. For Goddy, there were double strikes for Ashley Hehir and Gregory Goodwin and a goal apiece for Callum Brown and George Mead.
Littleport were the sharper team in front of goal and ran out 4-1 winners against St Ives Rangers, who had Dalton Short on target.
Priory A opened the season with a 6-3 win against club counterparts Priory B. Ryan Galbraith bagged an opening day hat-trick and the other goals came from Ben Melrose, Jordon Brown and Aaron Rymer.
ST IVES Rangers kicked the season off in style with a 6-4 win over Godmanchester Rovers.
Rangers trailed 4-2 but as Rovers ran out of steam they hit back to win thanks to a Kieran Price hat-trick and singles from George McCarter, Lloyd Schwier and Scott Pepper.
The Rovers goals had come from Farris Alston with a brace, Shay Gaynor and Sean Olley.
Priory Parkside B and C met in an opening-day encounter and early play was disjointed as both teams fielded new players. Eventually both teams found their game and after a good tussle Priory B won the match 2-1.
Sam Pritchard and Matthew Allen bagged the goals for the B team and Peter Fenley was on the mark for the C side.
RAMSEY’S Gage Webb and Josh England bagged a goal apiece but Rams still lost 4-2 against Spartak B.
A 4-2 opening-day win for Brampton Spartans over Cherry Hinton Lions was reward for the Spartans’ organization and persistence. After early Lions pressure, Chris Parker hit the opener and Dom Stevens quickly doubled the advantage.
The Lions then came alive to net twice but Spartans held the whip hand and both Parker and Stevens added their seconds to complete the win.
Priory’s 3-1 win over Haverhill Rovers was the result of goals from Ross Coulson, Mayson Byatt and Owen Dixon.
GODMANCHESTER Rovers B proved too strong for Hemingford after a Callum Parker double and a goal apiece for Gus Murphy and Adam Hawthorn saw them record a 4-2 win.
Goals from Pharris Jude and Reece Mole gave the Rowdies a 2-1 win and the points against Spartek 78. Rowdies controlled most of the match but a lapse allowed the visitors to make the score look closer than it should have been.
Ramsey reached double figures against Little Paxton. Luke Sterna slammed home five goals, Josh Eyre netted twice and Dan Aubin, Matt Bye and Oliver Wright all got on the scoresheet in the 10-4 win.
Alconbury and Chesterton Villa shared the points in a 1-1 draw. Chris Alban headed Alconbury in front but Villa broke away to grab an equaliser.
Priory took the points after a fruitful visit to Benwick with a weakened team. Debut man Liam Dawson netted twice and Christian Duddrige and Luke Severn notched a goal apiece in the 4-2 win.