Premier Division round-up: South Shields take top spot following opening weekend

By James Gordon

South Shields have quickly taken the top spot in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division following a 3-0 victory over Mickleover in the opening weekend.

With a full capacity watching on at Mariners Park, goals from Nathan Lowe, Jon Shaw and Jason Gilchrist saw the home side claim the three-points much to the delight of joint-manager Graham Fenton.

“A great day in terms of result, I can’t ask for much more on the first day,” said Fenton, speaking to Mariners TV.

“There’s lots for us to work on which is great. A 3-0 victory and we’ve come out going yeah there’s lots we can get better at.

“Things like a clean sheet, we defended set pieces really well and we obviously scored of a set piece which is one of our aims. One of our aims this season is to get better at both ends in terms of free-kicks, throw-ins, corners, so that’s another prospect that’s come out of today.”

Elsewhere, Buxton claimed a 4-2 victory over Radcliffe with goals from James Walshaw, Chris Dawson, Diego De Girolamo and Connor O’Grady.

Greg Smith didn’t take long to score his first of the season, with his goal sealing the three-points as Gainsborough Trinity defeated Hyde United 2-0, with Reece Fyfe scoring the opening goal in the first-half.

Paul Carden’s Warrington Town travelled to Greenwich Avenue and returned home with all three-league points following a 2-0 victory over Basford United, with goals from Jack Dunn and Bohan Dixon.

Nathan Cartman scored a brace either side of half-time to guide Scarborough Athletic to a 2-0 victory over Atherton Collieries.

John Pritchard’s goal in the 13th minute was enough for Ashton United to claim a victory over Stafford Rangers

There were 1-1 draws between FC United of Manchester and Nantwich Town, Morpeth Town and Grantham Town and Stalybridge Celtic and Lancaster City.

Goals from Daniel Rowe and Jamie Cobain saw Whitby Town claim a 2-0 victory over Witton Albion, while Scott Burton’s goal led Bamber Bridge to a 1-0 win over Matlock Town.

Where next?

Hyde United announce three more Hyde United have announced the signings of Riccardo Longato, Andy Hollins and Darius Palma.
Jack Banister and Ellis Roberts join Colls Atherton Collieries have announced the signings of Jack Banister and Ellis Roberts.

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