Here we go again and with Pre-season being the longest ever it seemed, the season finally got underway in earnest.
In the Amalgamated Lifts Premier Division, Welling Town A got off to a winning start in the league to follow up their Pat Tansley Cup win by sending The Oddfellows Arms crashing back down to earth with a large bump after their Promotion & Cup winning season last season. A hat-trick from Taylor Robinson plus goals from Jordan McTigue (2), Danny Russell & Sam Bailey helped secure a 7-3 win. Richie Hamill (2) and Joe Ellis were the scorers for the Oddfellows. Newcomers Barnehurst also hit 7 Craig Cook, Steve Gillett, Ross McCall, Ben Short, Steve Williams & Chris Johnson all on target in a 7-2 win over St Michaels. The day's other Premier Division game saw Jam overcome newly promoted Woodside Celtic by 2 goals to nil. Myles Alexander and Richard Akinlade both on target.
In the Supreme Engraving Senior Division, Springhill United fired a warning shot across the bows of their rivals, as they are clearly upset with their relegation, and they took it out on poor Abbey Wood in a 14-0 demolition. Patrick Ward hit 5, while Ashley Care hit a brace with Danny Parmenter, Patrick Haverty, Aaron Miller, Marcus Neilson, Danny Shaw and Danny Wright all also on target. Bayswater RK also hit double figures in a crazy game against South East Athletic Maroon. Maroon stormed into a 5-1 half time lead but a rousing second half saw the game turned completely on it's head as the defences went home, with the result coming in at 10-7. Anthony Putrus-Schnell hitting 5, Edi Borges a hat-trick and Jack Smith a brace for Bayswater, while Dan Lott, Edward Holbrook and Chris Rostek all struck twice for SEA Maroon, with Jack Langsford also hitting the net. Relegated Orpington Eagles faced newcomers Erith Athletic as they tried to put last season's woes behind them, but despite some lovely football, they couldn't cope with the more direct approach from Erith Athletic. Add in a horrific injury to Teddy Bignall which caused a 60 minute stoppage in the first half plus a red card in the second half for Shaun Egan, it was a bad day all round for the Eagles. 6-1 the final score as Josh Pavey, Stephen Ratcliffe, Gareth Standley and Dale Woodruff were all on target for Erith. James Leahy getting the consolation for the home side. At Long Lane, a solitary Grant Duff goal gave the home side the points over Turk Ocagi Bermondsey.
In the Danson Property Services Division One, FC Forza Greenwich are the week one leaders with a 4-1 win over Bostall Old Boys. Dan Oliva, Shakeel Zuberi, Frankie Battles & Francisco Garridos with the goals. Danny Harris with the consolation for Bostall. Welling Town were off to a good start as well, with a 5-2 win at Woolwich Spartans. Frederick Agyemang was the hero with a hat-trick, while Russell Hodges & Toochukwu Olayinka also weighed in with a goal a piece. Nicholas Joel with a brace for Woolwich Spartans. A David Harvey hat-trick got Mottingham Park Rangers off to a good start with a 3-1 win over debutants South East Lads. Danny Laing with the only goal for the Lads. Two more debutant teams in the Senior Division fixtures, FC Royals who overcame Phoenix Knights by 3 goals to 2, a Jerel Morris hat-trick for Royals, and SEL who grabbed the points against Junior Reds Athletic with a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Sammy Harpin (2).
In the ABA Technical Division Two, Woolwich Royals are the early leaders with a 6-1 win over new side Beacons, who have just joined from the Selkent Youth League. Two goals a piece from Eric Coffey and Yavor Hrisov, along with Steven Armstrong & Michael Shote strikes for Royals, while Taylor Lewis with Beacons first goal in Adult football. Abbeymead got off to a great start as well, hot on the heels of Woolwich Royals with a 4-0 win over returning Meridian Sports. Raqib Williams with a hat-trick and Kevin Pinner with a spot kick sealing the win. Goals from Bradley Shepherd, and Daniel Sheppard saw Russellers off to great start with victory over Greenwich Park Rangers, while Baldon Sports got all points with the odd goal in 3 over Advent Royals. Gary Hewes & Zanquin Grant with the Baldon goals, while Malasa Kaloshie was on target for Advent. The Bexley derby between Athletic and Wanderers finished in deadlock. Elton Lewis and Aaron Reynolds the scorers.
In the Summerhill Music Division Three, Vanbrugh were the early leaders with a 6-1 win over AFC Sporting Greenwich, Robbie Scotcher (2), Sam Kjeseth (2), Sam Burgess and Lewis Maddison with the goals for Vanbrugh while Stephen Bailey scored AFC Sporting Greenwich’s debut goal. Lessa FXI were on their tails with a 5-1 win over relegated Springhill United Reserves. Hasan Gunduz with a hat-trick, with Danny Allen & Asa Chibiya also on target. Dominic Verrillo with the consolation for United. Orpington Eagles Reserves were off to a great start with a 5-2 win over Baldon Sports Reserves thanks to goals from Daniel Hillary (2), Byron Bourne, David Harrison & Lee Thraves. A Billy Hosmer double reduced the arrears for Baldon. Two goals for Patryk Smereczynski and one from James Harrington sealed a 3-1 win for AFC Kingfisher while Peckham Rye beat Heath 2-0 with goals from Anthony Dennis and Charlie Eldridge.